Australia’s TransGrid inching towards better energy storage infrastructure

The New South Wales (NSW) transmission system operator (TSO), TransGrid, is all set to install and operate a 50 MW/75 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in Western Sydney, Australia.

The large-scale, lithium-ion BESS will be installed at TransGrid’s Wallgrove substation in NSW and will receive funding of AUD21.5 million from the federal and state government. The federal government will furnish an amount of AUD11.5 million through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and its ‘Advancing Renewables Program,’ whereas the NSW government will provide a funding of approximately AUD10 million under its ‘Emerging Energy Program’. The detailed design works are planned from November 2020 up to February 2021, followed by initiation of the construction work. The commercial operations have been scheduled for October 2021.