Why Advanced Microgrid Solutions Is Bullish on Managing Australian Batteries

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Australia is a ripe market for batteries to balance its fast-changing generation mix and keep its power grid stable — and it’s definitely getting them.

Tesla’s 100-megawatt/129-megawatt-hour Hornsdale project, built in 100 days last year on a dare from CEO Elon Musk, is being followed by more large-scale battery projects. That includes one from British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta, which is to be even bigger than Hornsdale, as well as new projects by Tesla, Fluence and others. On the behind-the-meter front, Australia is a global leader in residential solar-battery projects, and is aggregating 100 megawatts of them to create the "world’s largest virtual power plant."

All of this energy storage will need software and expertise to optimize its value to the grid. Batteries are well-suited to serve Australia’s grid and profit from its energy market price fluctuations. But the long-term value of batteries is intimately tied into how effectively they’re managed, both to keep their upfront and operational costs to a minimum, and to grasp every available opportunity to maximize their revenues. 

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