Batteries: An energy storage solution
With the network undergoing an exciting transformation, we’re evolving to give customers more choice around how they generate, use and store energy.
One way we’re doing this, is with community batteries.
As part of our community battery program, we’re rolling out various batteries across Perth metro and regional WA to deliver immediate benefits to the local community and the grid. There are currently 13 community batteries across the network.
Watch the video to find out how a community battery works.
Batteries are transforming the grid
Batteries play a big part in connecting WA to a brighter energy future.
There are currently three types of large-scale energy storage systems being used across our network:
- large network batteries that form part of a microgrid, like the one in Perenjori;
- Community batteries located in suburbs. They store unused solar power to smooth power flows;
- PowerBank batteries. They are a form of community battery that allow customers to store their excess solar energy and use it later when energy demand is high.
The PowerBank trials
In partnership with Synergy, we started trialling PowerBank batteries in Meadow Springs in 2018. The second trial saw two more PowerBanks installed in Falcon and Ellenbrook. These trials provided participants with an alternative energy storage option to expensive in-home batteries.
PowerBanks use Tesla battery technology made of lithium ion. Entrepreneurs like Elon Musk (Tesla's founder) are leading the way in new lithium ion battery technology and the future of electric vehicles.
In 2021, a third PowerBank trial was announced. It is the largest trial to date and sees nine of our 116kW community batteries transition into PowerBanks.