The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $1.4 million support for the University of Adelaide to develop an online Australian energy storage knowledge bank and build a mobile energy storage test facility. SA Power Networks, Energy Networks Association, Solar Storage Australia and the South Australian Government are collectively contributing another $650,000 towards the project.

The new knowledge bank will act as a central repository of energy storage expertise, bringing together reports and case studies, along with information on regulation, reliability, safety, operation and performance of energy storage systems in Australia.

The mobile facility will be able to conduct independent simulated and field testing of energy storage technologies and generate high resolution data for the knowledge bank.

Project leader Associate Professor Nesimi Ertugrul, from the University of Adelaide, said “We expect battery storage to become a major industry over the next 5-10 years, offering solutions from small domestic to very large-scale applications”.

The test facility is scheduled for deployment at the first site on the South Australian Power Networks grid by early 2016.