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Neoen has begun final testing of the expanded 150 megawatt Hornsdale Power Reserve which was secured by $15 million from the State Government’s Grid Scale Storage Fund.

The Hornsdale Power Reserve will allow the world’s largest lithium-ion battery to provide new grid support services at a scale unmatched in the world.

After additional testing, the battery will deliver a range of grid support services which mimic those provided by traditional generations, such as inertia which helps reduce shocks to the system.

The increase in storage power and capacity mean a faster response to disturbances such as network faults, so that within milliseconds the Hornsdale Power Reserve can help stabilise the grid.

Independent modelling indicates that the Hornsdale Power Reserve has already delivered more than $150 million in savings to consumers in its first two years of operation. Upon successful completion of testing in the next few months it is expected that these savings will continue to grow.

The South Australian Government is providing $15 million across five years from the Grid Scale Storage Fund with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) committing a further $8 million.

The Commonwealth’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is also backing this project with $50 million in finance to support the completion of the expanded facility.

Managing Director of Neoen Australia, Louis de Sambucy, said the Hornsdale Power Reserve’s testing phase will ensure that the completed expansion meets the highest performance standards.

“The expansion will make Hornsdale Power Reserve 50 per cent bigger and will deliver ground-breaking innovations to increase grid security and further unlock renewable energy performance in South Australia,” he said.

“With the support of Tesla, the South Australian Government, ARENA, CEFC, the Northern Areas council and construction partner Consolidated Power Projects Australia, the Hornsdale Power Reserve will keep South Australia at the forefront of the energy transition.”

Friday 26 June 2020