Tesla Megapack User Lumea Now Tenders for New 300MW Unsubsidized Battery Project in Melbourne, Australia

Tesla Megapack User Lumea Now Tenders for New 300MW Unsubsidized Battery Project in Melbourne, Australia

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Infrastructure service provider Lumea, which uses Tesla Megapack at its other facility, has opened up a process to tender for a 300MW grid-connected battery project near Melbourne, Australia. The battery energy storage system is planned to be built without government funding to show that batteries can be fully funded by the market.

On July 5, Lumea's commercial arm opened a selective Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the battery energy storage system (BESS), which will be connected to the Deer Park Energy Hub, a transmission infrastructure facility on the western outskirts of metropolitan Melbourne in Victoria, according to Energy Storage News. The system will operate on the National Electricity Market, which connects Australia's five major jurisdictions. The project offers batteries and other energy assets the opportunity to generate revenue from the provision of network services, coupled with the growing trend towards adding renewable energy sources.

Deer Park is an important asset for Melbourne's electricity supply and is owned and operated by TransGrid, one of Australia's main high voltage transmission network operators, responsible for high voltage lines, cables, and substations in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

“Lumea is looking to demonstrate that batteries can be fully funded through the market. We know that the energy transition requires innovative pathways to reach its renewable targets,” Lumea head of infrastructure Nigel Buchanan said. “It is critical we also find new avenues to fund these projects through the market to allow the most effective use of all funding sources for lower cost energy,” he continued.

In Fall 2020, TransGrid received $15.35 million in government aid for the construction of a large-scale lithium-ion 50MW/75MWh BESS at Wallgrove substation in Western Sydney, New South Wales. This project uses Tesla's Megapack energy storage solutions and is due to launch in October 2021. This collaboration with Tesla’s innovative energy storage products could have a direct impact on the choice of the company that will ultimately supply batteries for the new Deer Park Energy Hub project.

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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.

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