January 21, 2021: Australian energy firm AGL picked Finnish manufacturing giant Wärtsilä and US-based energy company Fluence on January 14 to supply 1,000MW grid-scale energy storage.
Last year, AGL said it planned to install battery storage systems near the Loy Yang A power station in Victoria, Liddell power station and Broken Hill in New South Wales, and Torrens Island in South Australia.
The company chose Wärtsilä and Fluence through a competitive tender process for ‘their capability, experience and pricing as well as their alignment with AGL’s values and strategic objectives’.
“This framework agreement is another example of AGL getting on with the business of energy transition and will enable delivery against our commitment to build 850MW of grid-scale battery storage by FY2024,” said AGL chief operating officer Markus Brokhof.
“We are already well advanced with our planning process and these framework agreements will reduce tender timeframes for individual projects, enabling faster project schedules and commercial operation.”
He said energy storage technology was critical in creating cleaner and smarter distributed energy infrastructure.
Fluence has many multi-megawatt energy storage projects on the go, including 1GW in California to be deployed by the end of this year; 500MW in southeast Asia; and more than 700MW on the British Isles. It supplies ‘Stack’ products, including Gridstack, Sunstack and Edgestack systems, which integrate solar with storage.
Wärtsilä already has more than 70 grid-scale installations to its name around the world, operated with its GEMS energy management software.
Wärtsilä says it welcomes new CEO Håkan Agnevall on February 1. Current CEO Jaakko Eskola will retire on June 30 and remain as senior adviser to the board and executive team until then.