One of Australia’s oldest and most polluting power plants, The Yellow Lignite generator in Victoria will be shut down four years ago and partially replaced by what is described as the world’s largest battery.
Presented by Best Jiralong Drummer EnergyAstralia, 350 MW and 1400 MW, this may be the biggest battery ‘compromise’ ever made, but even larger batteries have already been proposed in Australia and abroad, and will be built by the end of 2026 when Jiralong is inserted.
But what is clear is that a big change is taking place in Australia. Coal disappears just like the ‘basic load’ gas, and air, solar and storage facilities, especially battery storage, take over the land. In fact, many large batteries are already planned for closed coal and gas plants or are expected to close in the next few years or decades.
Energy Australia was not the first person to announce that its primary fossil fuel generator would be replaced, at least in part, by a larger battery.
According to the Australian Energy Portal Renewal Economy, A.G.L. It has already announced plans to build a large battery storage system at three of its largest coal and gas plants: the Little Coal plant in NSW (due to close in 2023), the Torres gas generator in South Australia (partially closed in 2023), and Loi Yang in Victoria. A coal plant (to close in 2048, but before that).
The levels you are testing are 500 MW (and two hours of storage) for Little, 250 MW and Torrance (1,000 MW), and 200 MW and four hours of storage (800 MW) for Loi Yang A. Batteries should be determined by the market opportunities offered by different states: more time to store excess wind and solar energy, and less time for phase protection services.
Origin It has announced plans for four batteries of up to 700 MW and four hours of storage (2,800 MW) at the Erring Coal Generator at NSW, which is currently scheduled to close in 2032, but any analysts believe it could close soon. It is also considering larger batteries with its Mortlake, Urankindi and Darling Towns gas generators.
French energy company Neon Plans to build a 500 MW / 1,000 MW large battery at the former Valeravang Coal Power Station west of Sydney were recently submitted by Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.
And in South Australia, The GFG Alliance Sanjeev Gupta is set to begin construction of a large Playford battery near the now-closed North and Playford coal-fired substations near Port Augusta. A small battery has already been built next to the Lincoln Cape wind farm.
Of course, many batteries are built into other parts of the grid, in some cases with wind and solar farms, and in others to the main phase intersections. Small batteries are also generated in distributed networks. But the location of a large battery next to coal and gas assets is not the only response to the interest in connecting to the existing grid infrastructure. It is an indication of the magnitude and speed of the energy change.
“Energy market change is real, it’s happening fast,” he told reporters. Catherine Tanna Wednesday from Energy Australia. “I think it’s fair to say that this is happening faster than most people predict.”
This is a familiar theme that is now recognized by all of Australia’s major power operators Ice Hydro, Owned by the central government, which for obvious reasons is connected to major pumping power plants such as Snowy 2.0.
AGL, for example, is now talking about the “dawn of the battery age,” which is expected to reveal a significant shift in strategy, including the extent of the change and how it can change its business model.
Battery storage will now provide many of the grid services provided by coal and gas generators, but of course it will not replace the production of larger coal and gas generators. More wind and solar plants will be needed to provide production capacity, and now that green hydrogen is being adopted, it seems likely that enough capacity will be created to conveniently meet Australia’s electricity needs.