Project Fulfil

It will focus on delivering an affordable and reliable battery monitoring and management system for operating lead-acid batteries in partial state of charge (PSoC) applications, as well as developing interfaces and tools to enable use of the system with existing inverters, and predictive analytics to improve network integration.

The project involves the commercialisation of the technology so the UltraBattery can compete in markets that require it to operate at a PSoC.

  • Project basics

    Lead Organisation

    Smart Storage Pty Ltd (trading as Ecoult)

    Start Date

    Nov 2016

    Project Partners

    N/A

    Location

    Sydney

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

Lead Organisation

Smart Storage Pty Ltd (trading as Ecoult)

Start Date

Nov 2016

Project Partners

N/A

Location

Sydney

Status

Current

Need

The UltraBattery technology has the potential to be successful in large niche markets, including high temperature and off-grid markets.

Project innovation

The project involves research and laboratory testing to improve the understanding of how UltraBattery operates in PSoC, and then development of a reliable, affordable battery monitoring and management system. This will be followed by development of a user interface and cloud-based web portal for real-time data monitoring, which will be pilot tested at CSIRO facilities and then independently verified through reputable institutions such as Sandia National Laboratories.

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Ecoult_UltraBattery installation at Hampton Wind Farm NSW (Large)
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Benefit

With further development and commercialisation, the UltraBattery could compete in new markets that require it to operate at a PSOC.

By enabling Ecoult to further develop the UltraBattery, ARENA is helping to create energy storage solutions that support the adoption of higher penetration renewable energy generation in both grid-connected and off-grid systems.

It could be an important enabling technology for renewable energy both in Australia and in major export markets as well as providing local job creation and significant financial returns to both CSIRO and ARENA if the Project is successful.

Kidston Solar Project (Phase One)

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  • Kidston Solar Farm

  • Kidston Solar Satelite

  • Kidston Site

Australia’s shift to renewable energy is picking up pace thanks to projects such as Genex Power’s 50 megawatt Kidston Solar Project (Phase One), a ground-breaking renewable energy project located in north Queensland that is creating a path to the 24/7 supply of renewable energy.

Lead organisation:
Genex Power
Project partners:
UGL Limited, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Société Générale, Queensland Government
Location:
Kidston, QLD
Technology:
Solar energy

The project is one of 12 big solar farms being supported by ARENA to increase the nation’s experience in planning and building renewable power plants, making such projects more commercial and attractive to private investors.

Once complete, the 12 projects will triple the amount of electricity produced from big solar in Australia and unlock almost $1 billion of commercial investment in the technology.

ARENA will provide up to $8.9 million in funding to support the $126 million Genex project, which will use solar photovoltaic panels mounted on a tracking system that shifts the angle of the panels to follow the sun. This tracking design ensures the panels capture the maximum amount of sunlight available and convert this into electricity (known as the capacity factor). Once fully operational, the Kidston Solar Project will have one of the highest capacity factors in Australia at approximately 33 per cent.

Genex Managing Director Michael Addison noted the importance of the project’s location, saying the project benefited from having one of the best solar resources in Australia.

The Kidston Solar Project is the first phase in the development of the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub, providing approximately 145,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity each year to the nine million Australian residents connected to the National Electricity Market. This project alone will increase the total renewable energy generation in Queensland by approximately 6 per cent.

Genex Power’s Executive Director Simon Kidston stated the location of the project will also add stability to the local network in Northern Queensland, reducing the necessity for importing excess electricity from neighboring areas, providing a benefit to the entire network.

In addition to this 50MW solar project, Genex will construct a 250 MW pumped storage hydro project and an additional solar project with a generation capacity of 270MW, making it the largest solar farm in Australia. The energy generated by the second solar project will be used to pump water into the upper reservoir for the hydro project. ARENA has provided support for this large-scale storage scheme, with this support to continue in order to achieve a more reliable and stable energy grid.

Combined together in this way, large-scale solar plants with energy storage can be capable of delivering renewable energy into the grid at any time of the day or night, giving Australia the option of affordably meeting its emissions reduction targets with a combination of wind and solar energy. Technical studies have shown that the pumped storage hydro project is feasible, making it the only shovel-ready pumped storage project in Australia.

Michael Addison says ARENA’s involvement in the 50 MW solar project has been critical, “providing strong financial support and guidance throughout the financial close process.

“Further to this, ARENA’s continued support for our pumped storage hydro project will assist in the development of much needed large-scale storage in Australia’s electricity network.”

By supporting the Kidston Solar Farm and other big solar projects, ARENA is making the benefits of solar available to more Australian energy consumers. Around 1.6 million households have solar energy units installed on their roofs to reduce electricity costs and lower carbon emissions, but another 8 million households are missing out.

ARENA used a competitive process to identify the 12 solar farm projects that would collectively receive $100 million in funding support. In addition to meeting eligibility criteria, solar energy producers were required to demonstrate the projects would significantly reduce the cost of successfully building and operating large-scale solar facilities.

As a result of this ARENA initiative, the cost of electricity from solar power plants has dropped to almost the same level as wind power, and may soon be even lower.

In addition to making renewable energy projects more attractive to commercial investors, ARENA ensures the information and experience gained from the projects it supports will be shared with the industry to benefit future projects.

By sharing project knowledge ARENA helps to identify more efficient ways to construct and run big solar projects, avoid repeating mistakes, give Australian workers new skills and experience, and establish supply chains to benefit nearby communities as well as the local and national economies.

Regional economies in particular will benefit from the growing big solar industry, with 2,300 direct jobs and thousands more indirect jobs expected to be created by the large-scale solar projects funded through ARENA’s competitive round.

The Kidston Solar Farm is expected to be completed towards the end of 2017 and provide around 85 new jobs during construction.

Contact information

James Harding
Phone:
02 9993 4411
Email:
jh@genexpower.com.au

Project Fulfil

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  • Ecoult’s Ultrabattery technology

  • Ecoult’s Ultrabattery technology

  • Ecoult’s Ultrabattery technology

  • Ecoult’s Ultrabattery technology

  • Ecoult’s Ultrabattery technology

The project aims to advance the technical aspects and commercial value of Ecoult’s UltraBattery for specific renewable energy applications. It will focus on delivering an affordable and reliable battery monitoring and management system for operating lead-acid batteries in partial state of charge (PSoC) applications, as well as developing interfaces and tools to enable use of the system with existing inverters, and predictive analytics to improve network integration. The project involves the commercialisation of the technology so the UltraBattery can compete in markets that require it to operate at a PSoC.

Lead organisation:
Smart Storage Pty Ltd (trading as Ecoult)
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA program:
Advancing Renewables Program
Start date:
November 2016

Need

The UltraBattery technology has the potential to be successful in large niche markets, including high temperature and off-grid markets.

Project innovation

The project involves research and laboratory testing to improve the understanding of how UltraBattery operates in PSoC, and then development of a reliable, affordable battery monitoring and management system. This will be followed by development of a user interface and cloud-based web portal for real-time data monitoring, which will be pilot tested at CSIRO facilities and then independently verified through reputable institutions such as Sandia National Laboratories.

Benefit

With further development and commercialisation, the UltraBattery could compete in new markets that require it to operate at a PSOC.

By enabling Ecoult to further develop the UltraBattery, ARENA is helping to create energy storage solutions that support the adoption of higher penetration renewable energy generation in both grid-connected and off-grid systems.

It could be an important enabling technology for renewable energy both in Australia and in major export markets as well as providing local job creation and significant financial returns to both CSIRO and ARENA if the Project is successful.

Contact information

Quentin Goldfinch
Phone:
(02) 9241 3001