Aussie Northern Territory tenders up to 45-MW battery project

January 16 (Renewables Now) – Australia’s Northern Territory has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) for the construction of an energy storage system of between 25 MW and 45 MW.

Through Territory Generation, the Northern Territory government last week released the call for the Darwin – Katherine Alternative Energy Storage System Project, which is to have at least 30 minutes of storage. The battery facility will support the grid in the capital city of Darwin and the town of Katherine.

According to a report by ABC News, the battery system will have to supply power during periods of large drops in solar photovoltaic (PV) generation, such as on cloudy days.

EoIs will be accepted by January 22. It supports the state government’s goal to source 50% of its power from renewables by 2030 amid efforts to cuts its dependence on gas and coal.

The largest battery storage facility in the world was built by Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) in South Australia. The 100-MW facility works together with French group Neoen’s 315-MW Hornsdale wind farm.

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