Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:58

Govt grant to help build compressed air energy storage project

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The Angas Zinc Mine, the future site of Hydrostor's Angas A-CAES Project. The Angas Zinc Mine, the future site of Hydrostor's Angas A-CAES Project. Courtesy Hydrostor

The Federal Government has awarded a developer of utility-scale energy storage facilities a sum of $6 million to build Australia's first compressed air energy storage project.

Hydrostor received the grant through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and also got an additional $3 million from the South Australian Government to build the $33.3 million project.

The project will be the first of its kind in the country and will see the repurposing of the Angas Zinc Mine in Strathalbyn, and the construction a 5MW/10 MWh fuel-free Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage project.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor said in a statement that the government was happy to back this project which aimed to repurpose a brownfield mine site and support 24/7 power.

“Hydrostor’s A-CAES project is a welcome addition to Australia’s rapidly expanding renewable generation and storage technologies,” he said.

“Our government, through ARENA, is supporting the reliable integration of renewable energy through energy storage projects like this.”

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the project could be a game-changer for energy storage technology in South Australia.

“We’ll continue to back companies that invest in innovative emission-free storage solutions that develop a stronger and more reliable electricity supply,” he said.

“This is a major win for the state’s energy grid and will also have significant flow-on effects for local businesses and create more jobs in the region.”

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