The South Pine switchyard is the central node of the Queensland electricity transmission network, 80% of Queensland’s total electricity flows through this ‘supernode’ on a daily basis. Quinbrook’s Supernode Data Centre and Battery Energy Storage Site (‘BESS’) site, located adjacent to the South Pine switchyard, will host one of the largest battery storage installations in the Australian National Electricity Market. The 750 MW (2 – 4 Hour) BESS offers large power users an innovative solution to obtain stable power supply and overcome the critical stability issues facing the Queensland power grid as recently identified by AEMO.
The Supernode precinct has a 275kV connection to the regional transmission grid that will provide reliable charge and discharge capabilities of the batteries.
The batteries have the option to be managed for optimal efficiency and cost effectiveness by Quinbrook’s wholly owned portfolio company, Habitat Energy. Habitat Energy (www.habitat.energy) is a specialist in artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled battery optimisation and trading service that allows for real-time trading, forecasting and revenue generation in wholesale and ancillary energy markets. Habitat is one of the leading battery optimisers in the UK.