Local companies taking the lead in renewable energy research

03 August 2017

ACT Government: The launch of a second phase of a world-leading battery storage research project shows the ACT is quickly becoming a globally recognised hub for investment, training and research in renewable energy, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

Phase two of ITP Renewables’ lithium-ion battery trial—a program that looks to evaluate battery storage systems used to help households and businesses manage and store electricity—will be launched today at the Bruce Campus of the Canberra Institute of Technology.

The findings of the trial will help customers and battery installers make informed decisions about the best battery storage system for their needs, and help companies make investment decisions on the benefits of both grid-connected and remote battery storage systems.

Phase One of the trial was officially launched by the ACT Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and ITP Renewables on 17 August 2016, and began with eight batteries.

Phase Two expands on the first phase with the addition of 10 new batteries for testing. ITP Renewables will analyse the performance of 18 batteries, including world leading technology from some of the world’s largest technology companies.

The batteries are tested under Australian conditions with results compared against claims made by manufacturers about performance and how they can be combined with rooftop solar installations. Real-time data from the trials has been made freely available online.

The trial represents an investment of $1.32 million, of which ARENA is contributing $870,000.



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