Edify Energy to build Australian battery storage system under Shell power supply deal

by John Shepherd
Artist's impression of the Riverina Energy Storage System. Image: Edify Energy
Shell Energy has won a AUD 3.2bn (£1.8bn) power supply contract from Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) government – which will see a 100 MW / 200 MWh battery energy storage system built in the state.

The lithium-ion Riverina Energy Storage System (RESS) will be built and operated by renewables developer, Edify Energy, which has signed a contract with Shell – part of the multinational oil and gas company – for a 60 MW / 120 MWh portion of RESS as part of Shell’s "firming” offer for the long-term electricity contract with the NSW government.

RESS will be built alongside Edify’s 333 MW Darlington Point solar farm – where it will connect into TransGrid’s network at the Darlington Point Substation.

Edify said RESS will boost flexible dispatchable capacity to the NSW market and complement the "significant presence” of renewable power generation in the region.

'Milestone agreement'

Edify CEO John Cole said: "Energy storage is fast becoming a valued capacity solution for the National Electricity Market, given its fast and precise response. The uncertainties in this growing technology class are reducing and with it the barriers to acceptance from market and network participants.”

"We are pleased to have reached this milestone with Shell Energy and the NSW government and look forward to continuing to work with them as we deliver RESS into commercial operation.”

Shell Energy CEO Greg Joiner said the company "recognises that batteries have an important role to play in transitioning to and managing risk in a lower carbon energy future”.

"Shell Energy was pleased to select Edify as its battery energy storage partner in this collaborative approach to meeting the NSW government’s need for an innovative power solution.”

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