Pre-qualifying new technology being introduced into the Australian grid from emerging worldwide suppliers is a growing area for our Grid & Power Systems team.
The team is currently working with battery developers in Queensland to carry out due diligence on new technology being introduced to the Australian market for battery energy storage system (BESS) projects, to ensure they meet grid requirements while driving up operational efficiency.
OEMs from the USA and Spain are among the organisations looking to bring power plant technology for optimising batteries on the Australian grid.
The team looks at technical dynamic software models to ensure they correctly represent the way the plant control systems manage power flow from the charging or discharging battery, ensuring it interacts with the system appropriately, and the software model is of adequate quality to submit to the regulator.
Tony Morton, Global Technical Head of Power Engineering, said: “We are seeing an increased demand from BESS developers looking for technical due diligence support to ensure they meet regulatory requirements before they can expand into the Australian market. We are currently working with around a dozen developers and we look forward to expanding this area of our business as more OEMs look to invest in the Australian grid.”