New project to develop Australian performance standards for home battery storage systems

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A new ARENA-backed project, which also involves Deakin University, CSIRO and the Smart Energy Council, will be aiming to develop an Australian performance standard for residential and small-commercial battery systems connected to solar PV systems.

Led by project partner DNV GL, the $3.12 million project is intended to better inform customers when they are making a decision to purchase a battery for a home or business.

The project, which is also supported with $500,000 in funding from the Victorian Government, will analyse Australian and international battery performance testing and consult with stakeholders in order to come up with a proposed Australian Battery Performance Standard.

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the battery standard is intended to cover battery systems ranging from residential to small commercial systems, with an estimated maximum size estimates of 100kW peak power and 200 kWh stored energy, connected to a solar PV system.

He said the project will help Australian consumers decide what is best for them.

“The difficulty for consumers to make a well-informed choice presents a barrier to uptake of battery storage,” he said.

“This project will give consumers a more informed choice and increased confidence in deciding to invest in home batteries and rooftop solar. This project will give people easy to access information on how reliable the batteries are and how well they perform over their lifetime in Australian conditions.”

Lucy Craig, Vice-President Technology & Innovation for Energy at DNV GL, said the collaborative efforts to provide industry with performance standards will support the safe and sustainable development of the energy storage sector.

“Energy storage is a vital component in the transition to a greener energy future,” she said.

“We look forward to building on these efforts to create a vibrant and lasting energy storage market for Australia.”

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