South Australia is global epicentre for large scale battery storage deployment

Mar 12, 2017 Media Release

The Australian developer of the country’s first large-scale battery storage project, Lyon Solar, today welcomed global attention on the role that large-scale battery-based energy storage can play in meeting Australia’s urgent energy needs.

Lyon Solar has been working closely with state governments for months and is on track to have multiple large-scale battery storage systems operational in South Australia this year, delivering reliable, scalable, flexible power in time for Summer peak demand needs.

Lyon is working with US-based energy giant AES Energy Storage, the world’s leading utility-scale energy storage provider, to develop 200-250MW [1] of large-scale battery storage in South Australia, using AES Energy Storage’s market-leading technology. [2]

“South Australia is the global epicentre for the imminent take-off of large-scale battery-based energy storage, which can solve power challenges like SA’s in months, not years,” said Lyon Partner David Green.

“Large-scale battery storage is such a compelling proposition for South Australia’s situation that multiple companies are sure to join the market, but Lyon is the only company close to being ready to build and be operational before next Summer.

“We’ve been working with governments, utilities and regulators to navigate the country’s energy landscape and get proven clean, reliable solutions in place here.”

“California had gas constraints in 2016 and large-scale batteries were chosen to fill the breach, on cost and their ability to provide reliable, flexible power.”

Mr Green said Lyon was delivering its projects using world leading technology.

Over the past decade, AES Energy Storage has deployed the world’s largest portfolio of large-scale battery storage, has the most operational experience with nearly 4 million megawatt-hours of delivered service, and just delivered the world’s largest battery storage system in six months.

AES currently has senior executives in Australia and together with Lyon are meeting state government officials, utilities, and the grid operator to help chart a path forward in addressing Australia’s energy challenges.

“AES has installed the first grid-scale energy storage system in ten different markets, and we are excited to share what we’ve learned to help accelerate the adoption of energy storage in Australia,” said AES Energy Storage Global Sales Director Ismario Gonzalez from Melbourne today.


[1] 300 – 600 MW-hours, depending on configuration

[2] As recognized by Navigant Research in both 2015 and 2016 (

Senate testimony: (download #56, AES Energy Storage)

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