In April 2018, Alinta Energy commissioned Western Australia’s largest lithium-ion battery at our Newman Power Station in the Pilbara region. The 35MW battery is among the world’s largest and is the biggest Australian battery to be developed for an industrial application.
The Alinta Energy Newman Battery Storage Project is designed to improve the performance of the high voltage network in the region that supplies power to major iron ore producers.
Western Australia Premier, Mark McGowan, toured the site and heard from the Alinta Energy team about some of the project’s features and how it delivers robust energy solutions to our customers.
Our MD & CEO, Jeff Dimery, said the award-winning battery technology is among the best in the world and represents a smart solution to boost capacity and reliability.
"The project demonstrates our commitment to finding innovative ways to integrate our existing generation portfolio into an evolving market that will incorporate more renewable generation and storage technologies, with an emphasis on sustainability, reliability and affordability of supply."
In FY18 the system was awarded:
- Winner – Innovation Category (Australian Engineering Excellence Award, 2018)
- Winner – Innovation Category (Western Australian Engineering Excellence Award, 2018)
- Winner – Innovation Power Technology of the Year Australia Category (Asian Power Awards, 2018)
- Finalist – Energy Innovation of the Year Category (Western Australian Energy Awards, 2018)