New South Wales leading the way in battery storage with the NSW Government announcement of the Waratah Super Battery.
NSW is set to become a global player in energy storage with the Waratah Super Battery to be built at the old site of the Lake Munmorah Power Station. The 700MW/1400MWh battery energy storage system will be the largest battery energy storage system in the Southern Hemisphere and provide up to 100 jobs in the Hunter and Central Coast Regions.
With the closure of the Earing power station being brought forward to 2025, the Waratah Super Battery has been granted Critical State Significant Infrastructure status which should allow construction to commence early-2023 with completion due for mid-2025 to align with the closure of the existing power station.
NSW Treasurer and Minister for Energy, Matt Kean stated that “the Waratah Super Battery will act as a shock absorber” for the electricity grid and provide NSW electricity consumers with access to more energy”.
Akaysha Energy have been selected as the developer for the Waratah Super Battery which will add to their current list of projects within Australia. Akaysha Energy will be partnering with US based Powin Energy as the key equipment supplier.
Akaysha Energy Managing Director, Nick Carter has stated “This project will be the first in a wave of ‘Gigawatt-class’ BESS projects across the National Electricity Market and will play a critical role in the energy transition by unlocking many gigawatts of new renewable capacity”.
With the continued shift to renewables within the energy sectors, the arrival of the super batteries is key in providing stability to the network.
Exciting times ahead!!
Source article NSW Government - Waratah super battery powers up at Munmorah | NSW Government