April 8 (Renewables Now) - Neoen Australia Pty Ltd and Mondo Power Pty Ltd have submitted a joint planning application for an AUD-300-million (USD 185m/EUR 170.2m) battery storage project in Victoria state, Australia.
The facility, called the Victorian Big Battery, is planned to have a capacity of up to 600 MW installed in two stages, documents by the City of Geelong show. The city is seeking public comments by April 16.
“When operating, the VBB project will provide Fast Frequency Response services to the National Electricity Market and be an energy reserve to augment power supplies in Victoria,” Neoen and Mondo say, adding that having storage capacity also serves to encourage growth in renewable power generation and reduces the frequency of blackouts. The due is seeking a permit to build the energy storage park at the Moorabool Terminal Station, which is owned by Mondo Power’s parent company -- AusNet Transmission Group Pty Ltd.
Neoen already operates the Tesla Big Battery at the site of its 315-MW Hornsdale wind farm in the state of South Australia. It has a capacity of 100 MW/129 MWh and the company has announced plans to add 50 MW/64.5 MWh more.