The University of Adelaide has developed an autonomous mobile battery storage system supporting the electricity network in Cape Jervis. It is a part of $ 3.65 million trial. It has been developed over a span of three years in collaboration with SA Power Networks and Power Tec, which is the system supplier.
The Battery and the specialized control system works to reduce the peak load of the local substation, stabilizes the electricity network area, and can support a small number of nearby customers in a power cut. Nesimi Ertugrul, Associate Professor said:
This technology is novel because the mobile battery energy storage system’s operations are now completely autonomous. This feature means that residents can also share residential solar power with neighbours during an outage. We can monitor the system and intervene if necessary, but the system can operate safely in all kinds of situations without the need for any operator instructions.
The aim of the trial is not primarily to supply power to the whole town but to monitor how the energy storage systems perform and integrate with existing energy infrastructure.
This 270 kW/ 270 kWh battery storage system will be of a size of a shipping container. It will first be kept stationary for one year before the system travels around SA and interstate. The team will record the data for reliability, safety, operation and performance for energy storage in different climatic conditions.
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