Swiss-based power and automation group ABB (VTX:ABBN) today said it will deliver a microgrid in South Australia that will include a 30-MW ABB Ability PowerStore battery energy storage system.

The microgrid will be supplied to the Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration (ESCRI) project and will improve security of supply in the area, which has high share of renewables on the grid. The project will also provide additional market services and fast-acting power response that helps to balance the network and will support increased power flow through the interconnectors to Victoria.

The battery will be connected to the Electranet transmission system at the Dalrymple substation on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. In case of a transmission line outage, the microgrid will work together with the existing 90-MW Wattle Point wind farm and distributed rooftop solar to provide enough power to run about 400 homes for at least 24 hours without the supplies from renewable generators, ABB said.

The project has received funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). It is owned by Electranet and will be operated by energy provider AGL Energy Ltd (ASX:AGL). The installation is being delivered by engineering and procurement company Consolidated Power Projects (CPP) in partnership with ABB.