South Australia Tag

17 Mar Battery Storage in SA is Not That Simple

Recent involuntary load shedding across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales has led to a discussion on the current operation of the National Electricity Market. On 9 March 2017 Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes tweeted that Tesla’s battery division could solve South Australia’s power problems in 100 days. This would occur by building ten 100 megawatt hour battery farms which Tesla confirmed that they would be able to provide in the requested 100 days. Since then, other battery providers have offered to provide quotes for a similar product. Since the tweets started, Mike Cannon-Brookes has received several offers to help with funding and on Friday 10 March asked Tesla for seven...

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09 Feb Heatwave conditions force load shedding in SA

A severe heatwave in South Australia yesterday culminated in increased usage that pushed demand beyond the capabilities of the generators. This led to outages in the network as the market operator commenced load shedding. Demand was the highest it had been for three years with the maximum five-minute demand set at 3077.47MW at 6:15 p.m. market time. This is despite a continued uptake of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. There were some interesting announcements leading into the period. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) was aware this was an unusual event and published a market notice at 3:15 p.m. (market time) to be aware that temperatures would be high across SA, NSW...

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