Giant Aussie Battery

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Melbourne-based Equis has announced plans to erect what would be Australia's and Asia’s largest battery energy storage system (BESS) with a full capacity of 1.2 GW/2.4 GWh when completed. Dubbed the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub (MREH), the project is to be sited 25 km (15 miles) northwest of Melbourne’s business district and would connect into the country’s National Electricity Market through six separate 200 MW connection points. The battery system would be capable of supporting intermittent renewable power generation equivalent to either 1.6 GW of solar or 1.2 GW of wind capacity, said Equis. Construction on MREH’s first 600 MW stage is scheduled to commence in 2023, targeting commercial operations in 2024. The project — involving over A$1.9 billion ($1.3 billion) of investment into Victoria state — has completed all required planning and environmental approvals.

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