South Australia switches on to energy storage: a new era dawns in sustainable power generation.

The world's biggest lithium ion battery was launched last week in Jamestown, north of Adelaide. The 100MW/129MWh battery was installed at the Hornsdale Power Reserve project, located on the Hornsdale Wind Farm, owned by private French firm Neoen.

As a longstanding trusted partner, Lloyd's Register (LR) worked with Neoen to help deploy this ground-breaking technology by developing the technical parts of the grid connection, and ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Australian energy network.

Franck Woitiez, Managing Director, Neoen, says: "This was the first use of a new technology on the network, and required some out of the box thinking. Now that we've successfully deployed the technology, there is a clear pathway to connecting storage projects to the network – which will greatly accelerate the pace of renewable energy growth in Australia and elsewhere."

LR's Head of Renewables for APAC, Paul Stangroom says: "The successful introduction of the 'big battery' will transform the Australian energy ecosystem. Although the country has embraced renewable energy in recent years, there are well-documented challenges around security of supply that have slowed down the transition to a low carbon future. This has the potential to change that and enable renewables to make an even greater contribution to the country's energy mix."

The battery was due to become operational at midday on Friday 1 December at an opening event addressed by the state Premier, Jay Weatherill and Neoen Deputy CEO, Romain Desrousseaux. The Australian Energy Market Authority (AEMO) reported on Thursday that it had delivered 70MW of "stored wind energy" into the market in response to low wind generation, stabilising supply and wholesale prices.

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