RWE to build Australia’s first eight-hour battery

RWE to build Australia’s first eight-hour battery

RWE to build Australia’s first eight-hour battery 1024 522 Batteries International

May 31, 2024: RWE, the international battery storage developer, announced on May 28 it had been awarded a long-term energy service agreement to build Australia’s first eight-hour battery in New South Wales.

“With a planned capacity of 50MW and 400MWh, the Limondale BESS will support the energy transition by storing excess renewable energy and feeding it into the NSW grid when it is needed most,” said an RWE spokesperson.

 The project will be located next to RWE’s 249MWac Limondale solar farm, which is one of Australia’s largest.

The BESS will connect to existing grid infrastructure. Tesla is the BESS supplier. Beon Energy Solutions is the delivery partner for the Balance of Plant, which includes the civil, structural, electrical and control works required to connect the megapack to the existing 33kV substation.

Construction is scheduled to start in the second half of this year, with commissioning planned for late 2025.

Katja Wünschel, CEO for RWE Renewables Europe & Australia said: “RWE’s investment signing of supplier contracts for the Limondale BESS project is an exciting step forward in our commitment to the Australian renewables sector and support of New South Wales’ renewable energy ambitions.

“RWE develops, builds and operates innovative and competitive battery storage systems in Europe and the US, and soon here in Australia.”

Australia is one of RWE’s focus markets, where it has been present since 2013. In 2018, the company began construction of the Limondale solar farm in Balranald, New South Wales. With an installed capacity of 249MWac the large-scale solar farm is made up of 872,000 panels and generates enough electricity to power about 105,000 homes a year. Full commercial operation started in 2021.

RWE says: “Our Australian team of more than 70 is developing a portfolio of wind, solar, and battery storage projects across the country, supported by the global RWE team. RWE intends to develop up to 3GW of renewable energy projects in Australia by 2030.”

RWE operates battery storage systems with an overall capacity of more than 700 MW and 1.2GW of battery storage projects under construction worldwide. The company recently commissioned three US battery storage projects totalling 190 MW.

RWE says it plans to expand its battery storage capacity to 6GW worldwide by 2030.