News | April 10, 2018

Siemens Gamesa Will Build A Pioneering Wind Project In Australia Of 194 MW That Includes An Energy Storage System

The company will be responsible for the turnkey construction of the complete project, which integrates a fleet of 58 wind turbines and a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery of 20 MW / 34 MWh

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will build a pioneering wind project in Australia, which combines the installation of a park with 58 wind turbines model SG 3.4-132 -with a total capacity of 194 MW- and an energy storage system.

According to the contract signed with independent renewable energy producer Neoen, Siemens Gamesa will be responsible for the turnkey construction of the entire project, as well as its maintenance for 25 years. Located in the Australian town of Stawell, in the state of Victoria, this hybrid facility - named Bulgana Green Energy Hub - will integrate the 194 MW wind farm with a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery of 20 MW / 34 MWh. The construction of the project will begin this month, with the aim of making the installation operational by August 2019.

It should be noted that this project already has two long-term power purchase agreement ( PPA) (power purchase agreement ) - one with the government of the state of Victoria for the next fifteen years and another with the agricultural company Australian Nectar Farms for a period of ten years.

This company will use energy coming directly from the wind farm, at a lower price than the network, to feed the technology of LED lights from its tomato greenhouses. Also, in periods of low wind, you can receive the electricity stored in the battery. In total, Nectar Farms will be supplied approximately 97% from this installation and will only need 3% of the network for long periods without wind.

It is estimated that Nectar Farms will consume 15% of the total electricity produced by Bulgana Green Energy Hub, while the rest will be injected directly into the local network.

This is the fourth turnkey project that Siemens Gamesa is developing for Neoen in Australia, for which the company has installed projects in the country for more than 300 MW.

In addition to Australia, the presence of Siemens Gamesa in Asia Pacific extends to China, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan or New Zealand. In total, it has installed more than 6.6 GW in the continent and has another 1.2 GW in execution.

SOURCE: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)