Perenjori Battery Energy Storage
The small Western Australian town of Perenjori sits at the end of a long stretch of power-lines which are exposed to a range of environmental factors. A problem anywhere along this long line could cut power to the town and blackouts have been all too common.
Fast forward to 2017 and Perenjori is the first town to trial a backup battery supply on the Western Power network, thanks to a 1.1MWh network battery that has been installed on the outskirts of town.
Network batteries can be used as a backup power supply to improve reliability when there is a fault on the main electricity network, or as part of an independent microgrid when connected with other generation sources such as solar panels and diesel generators.
With better technology and growing interest from the public, the level of investment in energy storage is helping bring the cost of batteries down. The projects main goal will be to remove the question of reliability for customers who are half way through preparing a meal for the family, or watching the footy with friends at the town’s local watering hole.
The 1.1MWh network battery will act as a uninterruptible power supply for the town and will eliminate up to 100% of short and 80% of extended outages, based on the town’s power history.
- 350km North of Perth
- Western Power Perenjori Energy Storage
- Turnkey EPC 2.4MW, 1.1MWh Battery Energy Storage connected to the 33kV rural network
- July 2018