ABB Delivers Microgrid Solution for Australian Electricity Suppliers

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  ABB delivers microgrid solution to Australian utility

11. June 2018 – ABB will provide a microgrid solution for the Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration (ESCRI) project, which provides a secure power supply in a renewable energy feed-in area. The solution will connect an ABB Ability PowerStore 30 megawatt (MW) battery energy storage solution to the Electranet transmission system, allowing for the value stacking of storage in the regulated energy market.

In Australia, the proportion of intermittent renewable energy within the power grid is increasing in complexity for network operators. In South Australia, wind farms generate most of the electricity used by the state. There is also an increasing prevalence of solar roofs both in the wholesale and in the roof area.

The ABB Ability PowerStore will be installed at the Dalrymple substation on the Yorke peninsula in South Australia. This makes it possible to provide a performance response that supports daily network balancing and supports increased power transmission with the Victoria connection lines.

In the event of a transmission line failure, the integrated microgrid solution works with the existing 90 MW watt wind farm and distributed solar panels on the roof to provide an uninterruptible power supply until the grid connection is restored. ABB Ability's microgrid solution will be able to provide enough power to run around 400 households for at least 24 hours without the use of renewable generators. ABB's Microgrid Plus control solution will manage the advanced automation of hybrid systems while ensuring safe power supplies with an optimal share of renewable energy.

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This project is partly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Consolidated Power Projects (CPP) works with ABB. South Australia's largest transmission network service provider ElectraNet owns the installation, with daily operations being the responsibility of the utility AGL. ABB also supplied a dry-type and switchgear integrated into the microgrid solution, as well as engineering, operation and maintenance services.

ABB is a pioneer in microgrid technology with over 40 such global installations offering a variety of applications to remote communities, islands, utilities and industrial sites. 15 of these solutions are in Australia.

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