Project Information

King Island Advanced Hybrid Power Srtation Live Data Feed requires IE 9 or newer

King Island containerised battery
King Island containerised battery
Battery
Battery
Power Conversion System
Power Conversion System
Battery Energy Storage System
Battery Energy Storage System
King Island containerised battery
King Island containerised battery
King Island containerised battery
King Island containerised battery

Energy Storage System

Hydro Tasmania installed a new Battery energy Storage System (BESS) that utilises advanced lead acid technology.

Many renewable energy sources, including solar and wind, produce intermittent power. That is, because the source of power (wind or sunlight) is not continuous because we don’t control it.

When intermittent power sources reach high levels of grid penetration, energy storage becomes one option to provide reliable energy supplies – the extra energy is stored for use when the wind is not blowing or sun not shining.

It also allows a rapid response to system requirements and takes that role away from the primary diesel generators, saving even more diesel fuel.

On King Island, Hydro Tasmania have installed an electrochemical battery system, capable of 3 MW of power contribution and storing 1.6 MWh of useable energy. This battery is the largest ever installed in Australia.

The size of the battery will increase the amount of time the network can operate on 100 per cent renewable energy.

When conditions such as high winds allow, the battery can store excess wind energy for later use. To put this into perspective the energy stored in the battery will be sufficient to power the island for approximately 45 minutes.

The Vanadium Redox Battery (VRB) was a large scale battery installed in 2003 as part of KIREX,  The system was leading edge technology at the time but proved to be not robust enough and failed after a relatively short life. Investigation into restoring the VRB concluded it was not economically viable to restore and was decommissioned as part of the KIREIP project.