October 4, 2019: The Solar River Project and GE Renewable Energy announced on September 19 that GE has been selected for the supply and integration of one of the largest grid-scale battery technology hybrid deployments to be installed for the project in South Australia.
The energy storage system, called the Reservoir, will be coupled to a 200MW photovoltaic generation plant.
GE will install a 100MW/300MWh storage system, which could transfer up to 400MWh of electricity per day, making it, the firm says, one of the largest batteries in the southern hemisphere.
The project will be located in South Australia’s mid-north, halfway between Burra and Morgan, and aims to supply energy to power 90,000 South Australian homes.
Jason May, Solar River Project CEO, said: “The award of the battery to General Electric is another major milestone for the project.”
The South Australia Electricity Grid has one of the peakiest loads in the world, and the battery energy storage system can allow the plant to deliver firm generation and assist in smoothing peaks, contributing to a more stable network for years to come, the firms said.
The storage system is designed to capture the energy produced by the solar sources, for use in times of power demand, which can increase the availability of the plant and enable optimal use of the solar PVs.
The Solar River Project received Crown Development Approval in June 2018, and the first electricity should be generated in early 2021.