Need for the Project
When the project commenced there was a lack of real-life data on the performance of energy storage systems operating in Australian conditions available to industry, researchers, policy makers, investors or energy consumers. There was limited scope for end users to assess how energy storage can integrate with existing systems and help renewable energy effectively operate on power networks.
The project’s mobile test platform is able to demonstrate energy storage in a range of applications, test third party systems in the field, and put technology under test in laboratory conditions. The central knowledge bank then stores and collates this data alongside other data other tests conducted around Australia and the world. These data sets, case studies and lessons learnt are then made available to technology developers, system integrators, end users and the general public. By providing publicly available data, uncertainty around the deployment of energy storage technologies will be reduced, helping build industry confidence and accelerating investment in reliable battery energy storage technologies.
To help populate the Knowledge Bank and to serve the needs of external stakeholders, the project has developed an Energy Storage Test Platform. There are two parts to this platform – the mobile test facility, and the Thebarton testing infrastructure. While the mobile energy storage test facility is capable of trialling energy storage in a range of applications, and is capable of putting third party devices under test in the field, it is also capable of connecting to the Thebarton testing infrastructure and placing third party devices under test on a microgrid. This functionality enables energy storage systems to be put under test without regard for destabilising the surround grid or networks.
Visit the Energy Storage Test Platform for more information on the test capabilities.
By providing industry with infrastructure that enables energy storage technologies to be demonstrated, trialled and tested both in the field and under simulated and high resolution data that results from those tests, the benefits, economics and efficacy of energy storage in these applications will be able to be better assessed. By sharing this data and facilitating collaboration, industry participants can learn from one another’s’ experience and the adoption of energy storage can be accelerated at both residential, commercial and utility scales.