Australian renewable energy business Hydro Tasmania has awarded Ecoult a contract to supply a 1.6 MWh energy storage system for the King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project (KIREIP).
According to the companies, KIREIP is an initiative to reduce King Island's reliance on diesel fuel, and the UltraBattery storage system will have the capacity to power the entire island for up to 45 minutes.
‘Ecoult's UltraBattery solutions support the utilization of renewable energy by storing energy in periods where there is excess generation and making it available when it is needed to better match demand,’ says John Wood, CEO of Ecoult.
Simon Gamble, Hydro Tasmania's manager of renewable asset development, adds, ‘KIREIP will enable demonstration of a world-leading power system that can deliver more than 65 percent of King Island's annual needs from renewable energy, and do it without any loss of reliability or grid stability – and at a price lower than the diesel power alternative."
Hydro Tasmania's KIREIP initiative is being developed with the assistance of the Australian government's Renewable Energy Demonstration Program and the Tasmanian government.