May 17 (Renewables Now) - South Korean battery solutions provider Kokam Co Ltd announced this week it has installed a 30-MW/11.4-MWh energy storage system (ESS) for Australian utility Alinta Energy.
This is the largest lithium ion battery deployed for industrial application in Australia, Kokam said in a press statement.
The system uses the company’s Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Oxide battery technology and consists of five 2.2-MWh Kokam Containerized ESS (KCE) units. The purpose of the ESS is to improve the performance of the islanded high-voltage network that powers iron ore producers in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
“This battery will let us better handle peak demand periods, increase reliability for our customers and lower our emissions as a result,” said Jeff Dimery, managing director and CEO of Alinta Energy.
The system operates in conjunction with Alinta Energy’s existing 178-MW open cycle gas turbine Newman Power Station. Kokam delivered the ESS and served, alongside UGL Pty Ltd, as the system integrator on the project, it said.