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November 24, 2015 AT 3:00 am

Giant Batteries To Store Solar Power In Carnarvon #SolarPower

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Giant batteries will be used to store solar power in trial. via au.news

Energy Minister Mike Nahan will today announce regional electricity provider Horizon Power will join Chinese company Lishen Power to test the use of large-scale batteries in Carnarvon’s isolated grid. The Gascoyne town has one of Australia’s highest penetration rates for solar panels, with about 25 per cent of its power coming from photovoltaic systems during a typical day.

Under the agreement, two battery units stored in shipping containers with a capacity of 2MW will be plugged into the town’s grid to store excess electricity generated by solar panels during the day.

The power will then be used to meet demand from households in the evening when the solar panels are no longer producing.

This would offset the need to run a combined gas and diesel power plant that now supplies most of the town’s needs, while also giving the system extra resilience.

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