Australia’s first utility-scale vanadium flow battery is to be built near Hawker, with up to 100 jobs created during the construction phase as well as ongoing employment opportunities for locals.
The $20.3 million project, which is being developed by Yadlamalka Energy will consist of 2 MW / 8 MWh vanadium flow battery with a 6 MW solar PV array.
The project is being constructed in the Neuroodla electricity substation.
The vanadium flow battery will charge from electricity produced by solar panels when the sun is at its peak.
This electricity can then be delivered when it is most needed, such as in the evening when grid loads are high from consumer demand, but solar generation is no longer available.
The project is part of the continued push toward sustainable energy from both the private and public sectors.
The Australian Government committing 5.79-million-dollar funding through the Australian renewable energy agency.
Construction will commence this year with the battery expected to be commissioned by the end of 2021.
Source: Vanadium Corp.