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QINOUS delivers an 800 kW battery system to an aboriginal community in Australia
“The operation of diesel generators is not only expensive for Power and Water, but is also a burden for the environment because of air pollution and spill risks. Our energy storage solutions and the integration of renewable energies enable the cost effective transition of conventional power generation systems into hybrid systems. By temporarily storing excess energy as well as managing and stabilizing the grid, our system allows the diesel generators to be switched off completely during the day. This leads to an increase of renewable energies in hybrid systems, and ensures the supply of affordable and clean energy in the community,” says Steffen Heinrich, Technical Director at QINOUS.
“We look forward realising the battery system together with QINOUS. Their tender was technically and commercially compelling and we are always looking for innovative solutions to provide power to our most remote residents,” says Dow Airen, Senior Project Manager for the project at Power and Water. QINOUS was selected following an intensive examination of technical, qualitative and commercial criteria. Factory acceptance test of the battery system is planned in June, and the project is scheduled to go into operation in October 2016.
The Diesel-PV-Battery Hybrid system by Power and Water is part of a comprehensive plan to transform the energy system of Indigenous communities in the Australia’s Northern Territory. Overall, around 30 communities will be equipped with the corresponding infrastructure for the integration of solar power. The project is jointly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Northern Territory Government.
ARENA was established by the Australian Government to make renewable energy technologies more affordable and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia. ARENA invests in renewable energy projects, supports research and development activities, boosts job creation and industry development, and increases knowledge about renewable energy. ARENA has a portfolio of more than 240 supported projects and is actively seeking new projects to fund in 2016. For more information, visit www.arena.gov.au.
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