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ABB to Install Multipurpose Microgrid in Australia

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ABB, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, will supply a microgrid solution to the Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration project in Australia. The solution will connect an ABB Ability PowerStore™ 30 MW battery energy storage solution to the Electranet transmission system.
ABB to Install Multipurpose Microgrid in Australia
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The ABB Ability PowerStore will be installed at the Dalrymple substation on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. The solution is expected to improve the overall reliability of power supplies and make it possible to provide additional market services and fast-acting power response that helps to balance the network on a daily basis.

In the event of a transmission line outage, the islanded microgrid solution will work together with the existing 90MW Wattle Point wind farm and distributed rooftop solar PV’s to provide uninterrupted power supply until connection to the grid is restored. The ABB Ability microgrid solution will be able to deliver enough power to run about 400 homes for at least 24 hours without the input from renewable generators. ABB’s advanced Microgrid Plus control solution will manage the automation of the hybrid systems.

“Our modular and scalable ABB Ability PowerStore in combination with Microgrid Plus control and automation solution can be deployed in a fast and efficient way ”, said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s Grid Automation business within the company’s Power Grids division. “Our advanced technology meets up to complex requirements that are part of today’s energy revolution and microgrid solutions are playing an increasing role in the evolution of the grid.”

This project is funded in part by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and is being delivered by the Engineering and Procurement Company, Consolidated Power Projects (CPP) working jointly with ABB. South Australia’s principal Transmission Network Service Provider ElectraNet owns the installation, with the daily operations to be the responsibility of the energy provider AGL. ABB has also supplied a dry-type transformer and switchgear, which has been integrated into the microgrid solution as well as engineering services, operations and maintenance support.

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