Australian Solar + Storage Microgrid Project Uses Magellan Energy Storage

Australian Solar + Storage Microgrid Project Uses Magellan Energy Storage

Magellan Power has won a contract to supply a Utility Scale Battery Storage System to one of Australia’s largest solar and storage based microgrid projects, servicing the Western Australian town of Onslow. 
Image courtesy of Horizon Power website.

The first stage of the project will consist of a new 5.25 MW gas-fired power plant which uses a Magellan Utility Scale Energy Storage System to optimise the efficiency of the power station and provide flexibility in managing future renewable growth in the town. 

“This will be Australia’s largest distributed energy microgrid, creating a new era of energy competition and efficiency for households and businesses,” said WA Energy Minister and Treasurer Mike Nahan, in a statement on the project.

Onslow is the town located nearest to Chevron’s Wheatstone Gas Project, and has a growing demand for energy. The new infrastructure will cater to this need, whilst using the latest in Australian renewable and battery storage technology.

Magellan signed the contract earlier this month for supplying state of the art 1MW/500kWh battery storage to be delivered in two 20 foot containers. This battery storage will be used as Spinning Reserve and Black Start applications.

“This a great day for Australian manufacturing and know-how as this project will showcase the high level of capability and professionalism of local technology based companies like Magellan. This contract win is also recognition of Magellan’s technical prowess and service” said Magellan Managing Director Masoud Abshar.

Above: Magellan Utility Scale Energy Storage. 

With 26 years of designing and manufacturing industrial back up power for many applications, Magellan Power is a pioneer in the field of battery based energy storage and has developed Australian energy storage for residential, commercial and utility scale applications.


Above:  The 25kVA/100kWh system supplied to Ergon Energy in 2011.

In 2011, Magellan supplied a 25kVA/100kWh Lithium Ion based battery/inverter system for Single Wire Earth Return transmission lines in QLD.

The system was built to solve problems produced by the dated Single Earth Wire Return (SWER) lines, which have been in place since WWII and do not have the capacity to handle modern energy requirements or input from renewable energy sources.

The equipment was based in a shipping container and comprised of lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, an inverter, a battery monitoring system and distribution boards. 


The above Utility Scale Battery Storage system was built for TransGrid NSW, the owner and operator of one of the largest high-voltage transmission networks in Australia. 

The system was used for the utility’s i-Demand Project and was designed to store large amounts of electrical energy into batteries and to support the connected grid by providing peak demand and power quality service such as reactive power compensation.

The iDemand project, which is in place at TransGrid’s Western Sydney (Eastern Creek) site, also includes 98kW of solar panels and high-efficiency LED lighting.

To view the system in action, visit the TransGrid Live Monitor Page, or see the example image below.


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