Construction has begun in the town of Buninyong, Ballarat (VIC) in preparation for the installation of Australia’s largest battery.

The 2 megawatt battery will be housed in a standard 40 foot shipping container and is capable of providing approximately 3,000 customers with an hour of backup power during a power outage.

The battery is currently being built in South Korea and Powercor expects to commence testing of the battery in December 2015 with it being fully operational by early 2016.

Equivalent to 20 per cent of the current powerline’s capacity, the battery will increase the bandwidth of the network on peak demand days.

Works include building an access road to the site, and benching (cutting and filling) the site.

Data shows that customers in Buninyong experience an average of three outages a year with each outage lasting over 100 minutes.

The works are expected to be completed in early November.

Jessica Dickers



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