Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio today opened AusNet’s Phillip Island Community Energy Storage System (PICESS), which will prevent the need for diesel generators to back-up the island’s electrical grid during peak periods, including over summer holidays, and will help provide power to the Australian MotoGP.
The 5 megawatt (MW)/10 megawatt-hour (MWh) PICESS will replace the seasonal generators, which had been used for network support during peak demand, and help address short-term imbalances by soaking up excess solar power by exporting it to the grid when it’s needed.
Distributed battery energy storage will be crucial for Victoria’s future needs, soaking up cheap renewable energy when it is plentiful and dispatching it when it is needed most.
This project helps achieve the State Government’s Energy Storage Targets, which plans to reach a massive 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy storage capacity by 2030, with a stretch goal of of 6.3 GW of storage by 2035.
The Government is investing more than $42 Million to deliver 100 neighbourhood batteries across the state, as outlined in the Victorian Budget 2023/24. This will triple the number of homes with access to renewable energy storage. Work is underway with community groups, councils, and distribution companies to identify locations.
The PICESS battery will be monitored and maintained by Mondo, a commercial subsidiary of AusNet Services. The battery cabinets house Chinese-made CATL batteries, while the broader battery system is one from Hitachi Energy.