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Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP,
Minister for Energy and Mining

Site works will begin today at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy Campus to establish a 500kw/2000kWh hybrid battery system and microgrid controller for connection to the university’s proposed 1.1MW solar farm.

Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the Solar and Energy Storage Project is one of 20 to receive funding through the State Government’s $150M Renewable Technology Fund, designed to encourage the deployment of next generation renewable energy technology in South Australia.

The university received a $778,500 grant for a hybrid storage solution comprising of a Vanadium flow and Lithium ion battery for connection to the solar farm currently under development at the campus.

“The Marshall Liberal Government congratulates University of Adelaide on reaching this milestone and its commitment to improving renewable energy technology,” said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.

“Put simply, this project will reduce the university’s peak electricity demand, reduce energy costs and increase the resilience of supply to the campus.”

Further, the $1.5 million project will demonstrate the hybrid battery’s support to the South Australian electricity grid and assist the university to incorporate topics such as remote-energy management, energy storage and demand management into the curriculum.

University of Adelaide Chief Operating Officer, Mr Bruce Lines, said the solar farm is part of the University’s Sustainability Plan which outlines its commitment to decreasing the environmental impact of its operations.

“The University is tackling sustainable energy and environmental sustainability as a priority,” Mr Lines said.

“The solar farm will be a ‘living laboratory’ for students and researchers, with access to time-lapse recording of the construction, building plans and data systems for remote-energy management, energy storage and load flex.

“Our researchers will utilise the solar farm and battery storage systems for projects including energy management strategies, grid segregation, low-cost fault detection systems, system resilience, and cybersecurity.”

Minister van Holst Pellekaan said that the development of energy storage is vital to achieving the state’s goals to deliver more affordable, reliable and secure electricity supply for residential, commercial and industrial consumers.

Construction of the project is expected to create up to 23 jobs, including one ongoing position during operation.

The Solar and Energy Storage Project is expected to be operational by May 2020.