Fluence Collaborates on Utility-Scale Energy Storage Roll Out in Asia

Fluence — the energy storage joint venture of Siemens and AES — has agreed to collaborate on new utility-scale energy storage development and investment opportunities in Asia Pacific markets.

Fluence will work with Lyon Group and energy company JERA to identify opportunities for utility- and industrial-scale battery storage solutions in new projects and at existing renewable and thermal generation plants.

Under the agreement, Lyon will be project developer and JERA an investor, while Fluence will be the energy storage solution and service provider. JERA is a joint venture of Japan’s TEPCO Fuel & Power Inc. and Chubu Electric Power Co.

The companies said that they will work in the near term on a group of solar plus storage projects for Australia’s National Electricity Market.

Those projects are:

  • A 55-MW solar/80-MWh storage project in Queensland, Australia
  • A 253-MW solar and 80-MW solar/320-MWh storage project in Victoria, Australia
  • A 253-MW solar and 100-MW solar/400-MWh storage project in Riverland, South Australia

“Australia is working to solve difficult ‘grid-in-transition’ issues at scale as they usher in the next generation electricity network that is cleaner, lower cost, and more reliable,” Jan Teichmann, VP of Global Markets for Fluence, said in a statement.

Fluence in March announced it will supply a 30-MW/30-MWh energy storage solution at a transmission terminal station in Ballarat, Victoria.

“This collaboration agreement is based on a shared understanding that the world requires low emissions energy systems that are also secure, reliable and affordable,” Lyon Chairman David Green said. Utility-scale battery storage solutions across new and existing generation plants will be a key enabler.”

Green added that the solar plus storage projects under development in Australia will include four-hour Fluence battery storage systems and are scheduled to begin construction this summer.

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