ESS to Set-up Long Duration Energy Storage in Australia


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ESS Inc. announced a strategic partnership with Energy Storage Industries Asia Pacific, to distribute and manufacture iron-flow batteries using ESS technology in Australia and New Zealand. This will help meet the growing demand for long-duration storage in the region.

The agreement stipulates that ESS will supply 70 complete 75kW /500kWh Energy Warehouse (EW), systems to ESI starting in 2022 and 2023. ESI will also construct a manufacturing plant in Queensland, Australia that can be used for the final assembly of the ESS system from 2024. The Queensland facility will use “core component kits” provided by ESS, which include proton pumps, battery modules, and other unique parts. Wilsonville, Ore will continue to manufacture core component kits. The ESI manufacturing plant is expected to produce up to 400 MW of energy storage annually.

Eric Dresselhuys is the CEO of ESS. He stated that ESS looks forward to deploying ESS technology throughout Australia and the region in order to meet the energy needs of customers and create a sustainable and resilient energy future. “ESI has a wealth and depth of expertise in clean energy, energy storage, and a deep understanding of the Australian market. We look forward to working with them in order to further our common mission to accelerate clean energy transition through long-term energy storage solutions in the region.” The CEO added.

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Stuart Parry, Managing director of ESI, stated that ESS was an ideal technology partner to address the exceptional demand for long-duration storage energy in Australia and the region. “Safe, non-toxic ESS ironflow batteries are ideal for Australia’s harsh climate. The ability to source electrolyte locally provides insurance against price escalation and supply chain risks. We look forward to working closely with ESS in order to provide long-term storage solutions for clean energy transition.

ESS iron flow technology is cost-effective and has long-lasting energy storage. It’s ideal for applications that need flexible energy capacity between 4-12 hours. ESS systems are resilient and sustainable energy storage that can be used for multiple purposes, including utility-scale renewable energy, remote storage microgrids and grid load-shifting, peak shaving and other ancillary grid services. ESS technology is non-toxic, safe, and lasts for 25 years without any capacity loss. Australia is likely to see a rapid increase in demand for long-duration energy storage systems. New South Wales recently announced that it had purchased 2 GW LDES as part of its Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap.

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ESS predicts that Energy Warehouse deliveries will start to ESI in 2022.

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