Broken Hill big battery gets ARENA boost

The Australian Government is teaming up with AGL to construct a large-scale battery at Broken Hill. The project will improve energy security in regional NSW and help maintain downward pressure on prices.

A $14.84 million grant through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will enable construction of a 50 MW / 50 MWh lithium-ion large scale battery.

AGL has engaged energy storage provider Fluence and its consortium partner Valmec to supply the battery for the $41 million project.

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, said the government has prioritised energy storage in Australia's Technology Investment Roadmap as one of the key solutions to lowering emissions.

‘This battery will help stabilise the system, which is particularly important for areas such as Broken Hill that are at the edge of the electricity grid. This is the 35th ARENA project we’ve invested in across NSW since January 2020,’ the Minister said.

The project is expected to provide up to 50 jobs during construction for engineers, tradespeople and contractors in the region. 

AGL’s Broken Hill Battery is set to be fully operational in 2023. 

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Ministers’ media release

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