Renewable technology solutions to enable a sustainable energy future
Security of Energy Supply
One of the most pressing problems when relying on renewable energy is knowing how to provide security of electricity supply when the sun goes down and the wind stops. To address this problem, we at Yadlamalka Energy Trust have launched an innovative renewable energy project, Yadlamalka Energy, that will transform the way we store and use our renewable energy.
What is Yadlamalka Energy?
Yadlamalka Energy is a grid scale battery storage and co-located Solar PV facility, near Yadlamalka Station, in a high sunshine area, South Australia. Using breakthrough technology in the form of vanadium flow batteries (VFB), first developed at the University of NSW in the 1980s, these batteries are medium duration energy storage (4 hours plus), highly efficient and durable. The project combines an 8 MWh VFB with a 6MWp solar array.
Why South Australia?
South Australia is highly dependent on renewable energy having closed its only remaining thermal coal power generation capacity. It relies extensively on wind and solar production supplemented by high-cost gas turbine peakers and imports of coal based thermal power from the neighbouring state of Victoria. This configuration results in high intraday price variations.
This is an attractive market for medium duration vanadium flow batteries that store energy and arbitrage price differentials each day providing electricity and grid stabilisation services. Intraday price differentials are expected to exacerbate further as coal fired power stations around Australia are decommissioned over the next 30 years.
Who is Yadlamalka Energy?
Yadlamalka Energy Trust, the consortium behind the project, was founded by Andrew Doman, an Australian who splits his time between the UK and Australia. An entrepreneur, with a drive to work with innovative technologies to combat climate change and accelerate sustainable energy production. The project team comprises of Australian and global energy and construction specialists.
Partnership with ARENA
The Yadlamalka Energy project has attracted interest from the Australian Government, as they address the emerging need for medium-duration renewable energy storage.
The Project has received $5.7 million AUD in funding from ARENA, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program. Yadlamalka Energy Trust welcomes ARENA’s support and looks forward to working with them on this exciting project to enable a sustainable energy future for Australia.
Chief Communications Officer, Yadlamalka Energy