Photo Credit: Vena Energy, Artist’s rendering of the Wandoan South BESS

Vena Energy-Australia has selected Doosan GridTech as its engineering, procurement, and construction partner to build Queensland’s largest grid-scale energy storage system. The battery energy storage system (BESS) is expected to play a major role in improving grid stability and supporting the state’s shift to renewable energy. The BESS will be located near Wandoan in the state’s southwest region, and will have a discharge capacity of 100 MW/150MWh. The electricity generated will be enough to provide power for 57,000 homes.

The key features of the BESS are:

  • A customized battery building that will efficiently manage the safety,  protection, and ambient temperature control for more than 20,000 lithium-ion batteries;
  • Doosan’s control and monitoring software to operate the plant’s energy management system and allow participation in the ancillary service market;
  • The ability to convert to battery-solar hybrid control for the future grid.  

Doosan’s Intelligent Controller will be the operating software platform of the BESS. It is one of the first storage control systems built on open standard interfaces and is custom-designed to meet the requirements of the Australian transmission system. The software platform is the advanced intelligence of a BESS system designed to provide speedy response against complex schedules and operating modes while maintaining power quality.

“As our first grid-scale energy storage project, the Wandoan South BESS in South West Queensland required an EPC partner that carries Doosan’s expertise depth and market credibility,” said Anil Nangia, Head of Vena Energy-Australia. “We view Doosan as a long-term partner who shares our desires to accelerate the transition to renewable energy in the Asia-Pacific region and to enrich local economies and communities.”