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SIMON Corbell says the ACT is establishing itself in the emerging battery storage market with the opening of a Lithium-ion Battery Test Centre at the Canberra Institute of Technology.
“The state-of-the-art facility will increase understanding of the benefits and limitations for household energy storage,” Simon said.
“As the ACT transitions to renewable energy, it is important for residents to understand how new technologies will perform in their house and stand the test of time.
“Many researchers and manufactures claim that lithium-ion batteries are more efficient, last longer and are more space effective than other household battery storage solutions.
“Over a period of three years, eight batteries will be tested and compared, within an environment that simulates real-world applications and Australian environmental conditions.
“It is very fortunate to have one of the world’s leading renewable energy consultancies like ITP Renewables (ITP) here in the ACT to help us gain knowledge in this sector.
“Our market research indicates that the ACT is an ideal launching pad for local, domestic and international businesses seeking to get a head start in this emerging industry.”
Simon has encouraged the public to monitor the test results online.
“By sharing the results and data in real time, consumers will be presented with key information on the performance of household batteries, allowing them to make an informed decision when purchasing batteries,” Simon said.
“The ACT is committed to supporting and growing the battery storage sector in the ACT and driving world leading research into high-penetration renewables.
“The investment in energy storage will produce substantial cost savings associated with meeting peak demand and drive the development of new commercial opportunities and jobs in the region.
“By working with organisations like ITP and armed with the results of this unique research, we can support the confident adoption of new battery technologies. This is an important step in the journey towards embedding distributed storage as an important part of a renewable energy powered grid.”
The test centre has been built with a $450,000 grant from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
Live battery performance data from this testing can be accessed at batterytestcentre.com.au