Bringing Australia one major step closer to 100% renewable energy
Enabling the transition to 100% renewable energy in Australia is all about achieving balance. In our partnership with AGL, we’re helping the island continent decarbonise and ultimately lead the energy transition. As part of this journey, our collaboration
has reduced operational and lifetime costs for the customer and ensured a lower overall carbon footprint.
Leading the transition in South Australia
AGL is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies and operates the country’s largest electricity generation portfolio. They are also its largest private owner and operator of renewable energy assets and biggest developer of the firming capacity needed to support renewables.
The company selected Wärtsilä to deliver two landmark installations in South Australia. The first was the Barker Inlet Power Station on Torrens Island, a model example of a flexible and efficient balancing power plant. The second is the commission of one of Australia’s largest utility-scale energy storage facilities, located nearby.
AGL and Wärtsilä both share a vision to bring cleaner sustainable energy to the market in the most efficient way possible.
Energy efficiency meets extensive flexibility
Barker Inlet Power Station is a multi-unit Wärtsilä 50DF power plant with superb operational flexibility and high-efficiency engines. Its reciprocating engines can reach full load within a few minutes. This is perfect for balancing renewable energy and ensuring energy reliability, while helping AGL to maximise revenue and reduce emissions, as the plant can be dispatched exactly as needed. Barker Inlet Power Station has been operating for two years now. See more details of the progress here.
A landmark energy storage installation
Wärtsilä's 250 MW energy storage system at AGL’s Torrens Island Power Station is a landmark case that will advance the island continent's path to decarbonisation. AGL's portfolio accounts for approx. 20% of the total generation capacity within Australia's National Electricity Market. Our system is an important step toward the low-carbon industrial Torrens Island Energy Hub, which will support renewable energy generation in the region.
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