AGL selects Wärtsilä and Fluence to deliver on its grid-scale battery commitment

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AGL has signed non-exclusive framework agreements with energy storage technology companies, Wärtsilä and Fluence to supply up to 1000MW of grid-scale battery storage.

Last year, AGL announced plans to build 850MW of grid-scale battery storage by FY2024, including 200MW at Loy Yang A power station in Victoria, 150MW at Liddell power station, 50MW at Broken Hill in NSW and 250 MW at Torrens Island in South Australia.

AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof said both Wärtsilä and Fluence were selected through a competitive tender process for their capability, experience and pricing.

“This framework agreement is another example of AGL getting on with the business of energy transition and will enable delivery against our commitment to build 850MW of grid-scale battery storage by FY2024,” Mr Brokhof said.

“Wärtsilä and Fluence are both global leaders in energy storage technologies, ensuring we are investing in the highest standards for performance, reliability and safety.

“We are already well advanced with our planning process and these framework agreements will reduce tender timeframes for individual projects, enabling faster project schedules and commercial operation.”

Wärtsilä Energy Sales Director, Suraj Narayan said the company was delighted to have been selected by AGL as one of the suppliers for the projects under their grid-scale battery plans.

“AGL is a valued customer for Wärtsilä and we look forward to providing our smart technology solutions to support AGL’s plans for critical firming capacity that will play a leading role in the energy transition from coal to renewables,” Mr Narayan said.

Fluence Vice President of Global Markets Jan Teichmann, added: “Fluence is proud to offer our long experience and latest-generation technology to support AGL’s goal of delivering firm renewable power.

“Australia’s grid is evolving quickly, and batteries can fill critical gaps left by coal and gas retirements, both the super-fast services needed to strengthen the grid and as a source of peak power.

“As a pioneer of the technology, Fluence’s team has seen the demand for energy storage grow to where we are now regularly contracting and deploying both 100+ MW storage solutions and portfolios of storage assets on grids around the world.”

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