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Fluence to deliver 200 MW / 400 MWh GIG-Shell Energy's Rangebank BESS in Australia

Fluence's Rangebank battery in Cranbourne, Australia. Source: Fluence

Fluence Energy has been selected by Macquarie Asset Management's Green Investment Group (GIG) and Shell Energy Operations to deliver the 200 MW / 400 MWh Rangebank Battery-based Energy Storage System (BESS) project at Cranbourne in East Melbourne, Australia. 

The technology provider has said that the Rangebank BESS will help the grid maintain a stable frequency and will have the storage capacity to power the equivalent of 80,000 homes across Victoria for one hour during peak periods. 

The project will be developed by GIG and Shell Energy Australia and will be built, serviced, and maintained by Fluence. It is scheduled to commence construction later this year, and is expected to be completed in late 2024. 

The project will use Fluence's 'Gridstack' grid-scale energy storage product, underpinned by Fluence's multi-generational technology platform, and more than 15 years of design and deployment experience with industry-leading reliability and safety, according to the company. 

"The Rangebank BESS is another milestone for Fluence in Australia. We are thrilled to partner with both GIG and Shell Energy Australia to deliver this important project and leverage our 15 years of global energy storage experience to deliver a proven and safe energy storage system with our latest Gridstack product. Australia is a core market for Fluence and our established local team is dedicated to the market's energy transition," said David Mikaeloff, VP Sales, APAC at Fluence.

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"Grid-scale batteries are an essential element in the decarbonization of the energy sector, and the need for storage solutions is growing rapidly. GIG is delighted to partner with Shell Energy to deliver this project which will help provide communities with reliable and flexible energy," said Greg Callman, Global Head of Energy Technology, GIG.

Located in one of Melbourne's fastest-growing population centres, the Rangebank BESS will help Victoria reach its renewable energy target of 50 percent by 2030, while also providing essential system services to support the safe, secure, and reliable operation of Australia's power grid, according to the developers. 

It is to be noted that in 2021, Fluence was awarded to deliver Macquarie GIG and Engie's 150 MW / 150 MWh Hazelwood Battery.

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