The 480 MWh Summerfield Battery by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) comes up as a unique measure meant to strengthen the energy sector in Australia. CIP is leading this transformative effort together with Canadian Solar which is an expert in photovoltaic (PV) and battery production.
CIP contracted Canadian Solar’s e-storage team to construct the Summerfield Battery Energy Storage System. Located in the beautiful Murraylands region of South Australia, the huge plant will produce 240 megawatts and store 480 megawatt hours of energy.
This dynamic partnership marks a huge improvement in sustainable energy solutions, whereby the Solbank technology of Canadian Solar will power the heart of the battery energy storage system. Next year, CIP expects to make its final investment decision on this cutting-edge project. This is before construction begins in 2025.
Powering Progress: The Summerfield Battery Project By CIP and Canadian Solar
The Summerfield Project (located in Tepko, 60km east of Adelaide) will be a game changer. The site sits alongside the planned 275kV South East transmission line upgrade. Therefore, it will be able to take advantage of new renewables coming out of the South East Renewable Energy Zone.
According to the CEO of CIP Australia, Jørn Hammer, these investments will have a great impact on securing electric power availability in South Australia. Furthermore, it will trigger more investments required to develop the energy potential of the South East Renewable Energy Zone.
The Summerfield battery has a two-hour storage capacity which enhances its reliability and grid stability. Built to store extra energy during times of low demand and inject power back into the grid during times of peak demand. This facility is well-positioned to provide South Australia, Victoria, and the larger national energy system with a dependable and well-priced electricity supply.
The Summerfield battery is a pioneer in a series of major battery projects planned for Australia, according to CIP. CIP’s initiatives include; renewable hydrogen, pumped hydro, offshore, and onshore wind. This will be part of a stunning $100 million development pipeline.
This Scandinavian behemoth is strengthening its footing in Australia. It is well-known for its involvement in pushing renewable energy initiatives in Europe. One of its most notable projects is the Bowen Renewable Energy Hub.
In conclusion, the Summerfield battery is a testament to CIP’s commitment to crafting a sustainable and reliable future in Australia.