Wind power company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy — created last April from a merger between Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica and Siemens Wind Power — has been commissioned to build a wind farm in Australia incorporating a 20MW/34MWh lithium-ion battery, the company announced on April 10.
The company has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the entire project — known as the Bulgana Green Energy Hub — that will encompass 56 turbines with the battery in Stawell, Victoria.
Siemens Gamesa will build and maintain the project for 25 years under the terms of the contract with the French renewable energy firm Neoen — the company that owns the South Australia Hornsdale wind farm that uses Tesla’s record breaking 100MW lithium ion system.
Construction begins immediately with commissioning expected by August 2019.
The complex has secured two power purchase agreements: one for 15 years with the state’s government, the other with the Australian agribusiness Nectar Farms up to 2028.
Nectar Farms will receive power from the wind farm at lower cost than available from the grid. It is estimated that 97% of this company’s needs will be supplied by 15% of all of the electricity generated at facility, with surplus going to the local grid.
Last month, Australia-wide energy retailer EnergyAustralia announced it had signed agreements worth around A$50 million ($38 million) to operate two lithium ion, utility-scale energy storage systems totalling 55MW/80MWh in the state of Victoria.