A gold mine in Australia will become one of the first sites in the world to test out a new, modular lithium-ion battery storage solution, after the German-American made technology was launched this week.
UK-based temporary power specialist, Aggreko, said on Monday that its fully integrated, ready-to-install 1MW lithium-ion battery unit – the Y.Cube – was ready to deploy worldwide, following its official launch.
Battery prices have plummeted so dramatically that Germany’s development bank has now scratched the battery rebates — covering about 30 percent of the cost — that it offered from 2013 to 2018.The Parises are one of more than 120,000 German households and small-business owners — and an estimated 1 million people worldwide — who have dug deep into their pockets to invest in solar units with battery storage since lower-cost systems appeared on the market five years ago.
The portable solution – which was developed by Aggreko’s fully-owned subsudiary, Younicos – is housed entirely within a standard 20-ft container, making it easy to transport and install.
And one of the first stops for the containerised battery system will be the Granny Smith gold mine in Western Australia, where it will be combined with solar to reduce the mine’s reliance on gas.
The production and use of renewable fuels has grown more quickly in recent years as a result of higher
According to Aggreko, the battery system can cover a variety of applications from 1MW up to multi-MW power output and is available in two versions: a 30-minute “power” unit and a 60-minute “energy” unit.
In the case of Granny Smith, it is expected to work alongside an existing 21MW gas reciprocating engine station to meet the increased daily power needs of the mine, plus the nearby Wallaby underground mine, a processing plant, associated facilities, and mine camp.
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