Yadlamalka Energy comprises of co-located Vanadium Flow battery energy storage (2MW – 8MWh AC) and Solar Photovoltaic (PV) farm (6MWp DC), integrated behind a DC-coupled inverter. We want to commercialise breakthrough technology to help meet Australia and the world’s future energy needs.
Our first project Spencer Energy is located near Bungama Sub-Station, Port Pirie, South Australia, an area with very favourable solar radiation.
Spencer Energy Project will supply a combination of solar power and battery storage services to the grid. The vanadium flow battery will take advantage of the significant intraday price variation in South Australia to time shift power from midday to peak periods in the evenings and mornings.
The Project will also participate in the Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS) market which helps maintain stability of the electricity system.
Through using breakthrough technology in the form of vanadium flow batteries, Spencer Energy Project, can deliver strong, economic infrastructure benefit to South Australia and at the same time support a low carbon economy.
Vanadium flow batteries are fully containerised, non-flammable units reusable over semi-infinite cycles, able to discharge 100% of the stored energy and do not degrade. In the words of Barack Obama “They are the multi-mega watt energy solution” and “one of the coolest things” he has ever spoken about.
Vanadium flow batteries have significant advantages over lithium in longer duration time shifting applications. The batteries will be able to discharge at a power of 2MW per hour for four hours. They are suitable for heavy cycling because, unlike lithium, they do not degrade.
The plan is to fully charge and discharge the battery at least once a day and possibly twice, depending on pricing conditions.
Spencer Energy Project, will contribute to solving the distributed and intermittent energy problems that exist in South Australia, which are expected to intensify as renewable energy sources are relied on more and more.
Yadlamalka Energy will monitor and report on the progress and outcomes of the first project, with the aim to continue to expand across Australia using this innovative breakthrough technology.