The ESCRI battery is a 30 MW / 8 MWh large-scale grid-connected battery at the Dalrymple substation, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.
South Australia has the highest proportion of renewable energy generated by wind and solar in Australia. As these are variable sources, the impact becomes more pronounced as proportion of synchronous generation decreases. Careful integration between elements within the network is required to ensure stable and reliable power is delivered to consumers under all conditions.
The Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration (ESCRI) Phase 2 project aims to provide storage to support renewable generation and provide fast frequency response to help stabilise the grid. The battery aims to demonstrate how energy storage can support the grid while simultaneously providing competitive market services.
The battery will also work with the 90 MW Wattle Point Wind Farm, and local rooftop solar, to provide contingency power to the households and businesses on the lower Yorke Peninsula.
Transmission provider ElectraNet has developed and owns the ESCRI battery, which was built next to, and connected to their Dalrymple substation. AGL operates the battery under a long term lease agreement.
Video: Solar Battery Storage Projects in Australia
ARENA has been helping to fund Australia’s first big battery projects. This includes the Gannawarra Energy Storage System (GESS), the Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration (ESCRI) Phase 2 project in Dalrymple, and another at Lake Bonney Wind Farm.Watch video
Report: ESCRI-SA Battery Energy Storage Project Operational Report 1
The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of the first six months of commercial operation of the ESCRI-SA Battery Energy Storage Project.Read the report
Report: Large-Scale Battery Storage Knowledge Sharing Report
This report summarises the key lessons and innovation opportunities for Large-Scale Battery Storage (LSBS) projects in Australia based on specific project insights gathered through ARENA, Aurecon’s industry experience, and publicly available information.Read the report
Media Release: Grid Scale ESCRI Battery Charges up in South Australia
ARENA today announced the official completion of a 30 MW / 8 MWh grid-scale battery at the Dalrymple substation on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.Read the release
The Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration (ESCRI) Phase 2 project is one of the first large-scale grid-connected batteries to be designed, built and commercially operated in Australia, largely with private investment from energy providers. The ESCRI battery aims to complement South Australia’s other batteries and reinforce Australia’s role as a leader in large-scale battery technology.
South Australia’s energy network has been bolstered by the addition of the grid-scale ESCRI battery, which has celebrated its official connection to the National Energy Market.Read more