October 31, 2019: Remote communities in Australia have had 20 Saft lithium-ion energy storage systems installed at sites operated by the Ergon Energy Network, Saft Batteries announced on October 22.
It is the first ESS deployment by Saft in Australia.
The Saft Intensium Mini energy storage systems are specifically for outdoor energy storage in applications such as renewable integration, industrial and commercial installations, utilities and microgrids.
Each system is made up of 56 Synerion modules for applications ranging from 80kWh to 480kWh of energy capacity and from 240kw to 1720kW of power.
They charge up when demand is low and inject power to the grid at peak times.
The systems are being incorporated with Ergon Energy’s Grid Utility Support System (GUSS), which operates using Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) networks — low-cost single-wire transmission lines suited for supplying power to remote areas where loads are small and spread over a wide area.
“The growth in demand, together with load types ranging from typical domestic loads to intense farming loads, means that many of Ergon Energy Network’s SWER feeders are now subject to capacity and voltage constraints,” says Saft.
“This is an increasingly significant issue as customers are now growing their use of sensitive electronic equipment. The Saft Intensium Mini in each GUSS unit stores energy when spare capacity is available and returns it to the network at times of peak demand.”
Saft’s Intensium Mini systems are designed to operate in harsher conditions such as the Australian outback, where temperatures can range between 0°C and 45°C.
The units were manufactured in Saft’s Li-ion factory in Florida, US, the company says.