Fluence battery ordered for 212-MW Australian wind farm

Australian Ballarat Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)

November 9 (Renewables Now) - Fluence, the energy storage specialist formed by Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) and AES Corp (NYSE:AES), said today it will provide a 10-MW battery storage system to be integrated with the 212-MW Lincoln Gap wind farm, which is currently under construction in Australia.

Nexif Energy, the developer of the wind park near Port Augusta in South Australia, has selected Fluence's Advancion energy storage platform for the project. The independent power producer in Australia and Southeast Asia was set up in 2015 by Singapore-based Nexif and private equity firm Denham Capital.

Australia's Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is providing debt for the project. Fluence said this is one of the first projects in Australia to secure non-subsidised debt financing for an energy storage system.  

Due to be completed by May 2019, the battery will allow the wind farm to provide improved Fast Frequency Response (FFR) capabilities, responding to new interconnection requirements for renewable generation projects in South Australia, and critical flexibility in the form of Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS) directly into Australia's National Energy Market (NEM).  

This is another large storage project for Fluence in Australia after the recent commissioning of a 30-MW energy storage system in Ballarat, Victoria.

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