Remote community battery transforming energy future

The Northern Territory’s remote community energy transformation continues with Power and Water Corporation to install a 970kWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in Titjikala.
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The Northern Territory’s remote community energy transformation continues with Power and Water Corporation to install a 970kWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in Titjikala.

The BESS will augment the community’s existing 400kW solar array to deliver increased cost savings and environmental benefits from decarbonisation.

Once completed, the project will make Titjikala the second remote community where energy generation costs will be significantly reduced because of the use of solar and battery technology.

The addition of the BESS is projected to increase fuel savings from 18 per cent due to solar alone to 66 per cent. 

“This project is another great example of how Power and Water is continuing to transform its remote energy supply portfolio to include renewable energy sources,” Power and Water Executive General Manager Power Services Ross Musgrove said.

“We’ve built on our learnings from the flagship diesel/solar/battery site at the community of Nauiyu (Daly River) under our Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP).

“We’re also continuing to build internal expertise and capacity by including operational staff from the Alice Springs region to give them first-hand project experience, technology familiarisation and job training opportunities.”

The project, valued at an estimated $950,000, will be funded by the Northern Territory Government through its annual capital program for Power and Water’s remote community service delivery and is expected to be completed by early 2021.

The energy transformation project is indicative of the ingenuity, resourcefulness and opportunity the Northern Territory’s engineering market has to offer says Engineers Australia General Manager for the Northern Division, Keely Quinn.

“The NT provides some of the most difficult landscapes for engineering success but as we’ve seen in the recent Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA), those trying conditions have produced fantastic outcomes for the community,” said Quinn. “This project is no exception to that rule.

“It’s exciting to know that we have a number of local members involved in innovative projects like this one which will contribute to the betterment of our regional communities.

“We have a thriving rural engineering community here in the Northern Territory with hubs in Alice Springs, Jabiru, Katherine and Nhulunbuy.”



Further information about Power and Water’s BESS project in Titjikala:

The existing generation assets in the community include a three-engine diesel power station and a 400kW PV array previously installed as part of SETuP.

BESS technology allows storage of excess solar energy and allows the diesel engines to be turned off during the daytime.  The diesel engines will start up again overnight when the BESS is depleted.

The transitions between diesel on and off states will happen seamlessly without interruption to customer electricity supply.

Once the BESS is installed, Power and Water expect to save approximately 156,000 litres of diesel annually. 

The project will also provide additional environmental benefits for the community including reduced noise, pollution and traffic on the roads from heavy vehicle diesel delivery trucks.

The decarbonisation benefits from this project will support the Northern Territory Government’s renewable energy target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030.