Wärtsilä, AGL complete Australia BESS project

Wärtsilä, AGL complete Australia BESS project

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August 23, 2023: Finnish tech firm Wärtsilä and AGL Energy said on August 22 they had completed construction of the 250MW/250MWh Torrens Island BESS in South Australia.

The BESS, on which construction started 18 months ago, has the capacity to provide power to around 75,000 homes for an hour, with the potential to extend the duration to four hours in future, Wärtsilä said.

The Torrens Island system will use Wärtsilä’s Gridsolv Quantum LFP batteries and proprietary GEMS system management software. The BESS will operate in grid-following mode, transitioning to grid-forming mode (virtual synchronous generation, VSG) later.

Wärtsilä claimed this feature makes it the largest BESS capable of operating in VSG mode, enabling fast response times and future-proofing operations for the facility.

The solution is supported by Wärtsilä’s advanced GEMS Power Plant Controller. the future.

Andrew Tang, VP of energy storage and opitimzation at Wärtsilä, said Torrens Island would help balance the intermittency of renewable power systems while providing flexible energy capacity.

Wärtsilä is also building a 460MW BESS at the Eraring Power Station in New South Wales in partnership with energy company Origin.