Wind energyProject Musselroe Wind Farm FCAS Trial
This report discusses the ability of an existing wind farm to deliver FCAS into the market, and will support the business case for current and future participants seeking to participate in this market.
Woolnorth Wind Farm Holdings Pty Ltd (trading as Woolnorth Renewables – WNR), owns and operates the Musselroe Wind Farm (MRWF) in Northwest Tasmania. Given the plants capability and challenging operating conditions in Tasmania, WNR and project partners have been working since 2018 to configure, enable and operate MRWF in as many Frequency Control Ancillary Service markets as possible.
After completing several software updates and configuration changes and 21 separate tests, MRWF was able to successfully test and prove compatibility with the NEM requirements for FCAS provision. These tests, complete with linear ramping between dispatch targets and primary frequency response, clearly demonstrate that inverter based intermittent generation can be configured and operate within the general parameters required by AEMO with the context of the NEM.