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AGL, Essential Energy install network battery in Sovereign Hills

It has a capacity of 2MWh.

AGL Energy deployed Essential Energy’s first network battery in Sovereign Hills in Port Macquarie in New South Wales with a capacity of 2 megawatt-hours.

In a statement, AGL said the network battery is connected to an 11-kilovolt high-voltage distribution wire on the Essential Energy network. It is also designed to absorb extra solar energy produced during the day which will be directed into the energy network when needed.

“(T)his is expected to provide grid voltage regulation support, stabilise frequency and reduce demand on the network whil(st) reducing emissions,” it said.

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AGL Chief Customer Officer Jo Egan said the network batter will also participate in AGL’s Virtual Power Plant which provides an avenue for customers to join a network of connected distributed energy resources.

The trial for the network will enable AGL to better understand the role of network batteries in supporting greater renewable energy into the grid.

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