ARENA backs wind-solar-storage pilot

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October 14 (SeeNews) - A hybrid renewable energy project in Australia that will include wind, solar and energy storage has been backed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

The project is the first AUD-120-million (USD 90.7m/EUR 82.2m) phase of Kennedy Energy Park, developed by Australia's Windlab Ltd and Japan's Eurus Energy. It will consist of 19.2 MW solar, 21.6 MW wind and 2 MW/4 MWh battery storage.

ARENA said today it has committed up to AUD 18 million in recoupable grant funding to help Windlab and Eurus Energy build Australia's first combined large-scale solar, wind and battery facility near Hughenden in North Queensland.

The project is a pilot for the next phase, dubbed Big Kennedy, that is envisaged to include up to 600 MW of solar and 600 MW of wind with the potential for different storage options.

ARENA chief executive Ivor Frischknecht said the scheme would highlight a way towards around-the-clock renewable energy.

"Wind will generate power throughout the day and night, while solar ramps up during peak demand times when the sun is shining. Battery storage will smooth out power delivery from both sources, dispatching it when it’s needed most and increasing overall reliability," he explained.

According to ARENA's website, partners for the project are Vestas, Tesla and First Solar.   

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.756/EUR 0.685)  

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