Australia – 12 MW microgrid powering an entire mining site

Stage:
In operation

Country:
Australia

Customer:
Toshiba

Final user:
Energy Developments

Microgrid features

PV:
3MWp

Wind:
2MW

Storage:
1MW/0.5MWh Li-ion titanate chemistry

DG:
6MVA

Power Conversion System:
1MW Full Virtual Inertia DROOP Control Technology

Master Controller:
Pool Algorithms & Black Start Function

Connected Users:
1,600 people

Reduction:
54 tons/year

Diesel reduction:
70%/year

Many remote Australian communities rely on diesel generators, expensive to run and vulnerable to the volatility of fuel prices. Prior to the installation of the Hybrid Power Plant, this mining town in South Australia was entirely relying on diesel generation. The Hybrid Power Plant, whose construction has started in September 2016, will provide the mining site and its below-ground residences, with approximately 70% renewable energy over the 20-year life of the project.

The Hybrid Power Plant realized by EPS for Toshiba, sired to the Coober Pedy Renewable Hybrid Power Project, realised by Energy Developments (EDL) in the context of 900 MW of power generation capacity managed between Australia, the US and Europe, is a concrete example of distributed competitive generation of off-grid microgrids.