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Grid Forming energy storage provides virtual inertia, interconnects renewables and unlocks revenue

Learn how grid forming energy storage works differently to other energy storage systems to provide virtual inertia, system strength and other services. This technology can de-risk the interconnection of your renewable project, unlock new revenue streams and support the broader, clean energy transition. Gain real world insights into the largest utility connected, grid forming energy storage system in the world.

With electricity grids moving to a low-carbon energy future, grid forming energy storage will be a critical enabling technology to achieve this transition technically and economically. Currently, power systems in Australia and the Asia Pacific region are experiencing less system inertia and decreasing fault levels due to renewables displacing conventional generation. There is a need for these services to be replaced or replicated in order to allow synchronous machines to switch off and renewable generation to connect and operate. There are also challenges to connect renewable generators on “weak” sections of the network due to low fault levels and associated instabilities.

Today, with advanced power electronics, grid forming energy storage systems can provide inertia and system strength by way in which they operate, which is different to the typical grid following solar and battery energy storage inverters connected to date. Furthermore, these systems can unlock revenue streams to support the economic viability of a project in addition to addressing the technical challenges.

Hitachi Energy is leading the way in pioneering new solutions that keep the power system stable while also allowing developers to extract revenue from this approach. Hitachi Energy's recent ESCRI Dalrymple BESS project in Australia with ElectraNet, South Australia’s transmission network service provider, is the first and only large-scale grid forming energy storage system in Australia’s grid, and largest such system in the world. It has demonstrated these new services as well as a strong financial return through regulated network services and unregulated energy market services.

Join our interactive panel with Hitachi Energy experts, Stephen Sproul and Stanislav Cherevatskiy, with Hugo Klingenberg - Manager Network Development from ElectraNet. The online session will be moderated by Leon Benn.

  • What is the challenge?
  • Grid forming BESS and virtual synchronous machine technology
  • The importance of virtual inertia and system strength
  • How BESS supports grid reliability and renewable integration
  • Real world customer success story: ESCRI – Dalrymple BESS, the world’s largest autonomous microgrid:
    • Technical performance
    • Commercial success with ElectraNet and AGL:
      • How ElectraNet are achieving 170% peak renewable penetrations
      • How the project is on track to have a pay back of less than 4 years
  • Future applications and trends
Who should attend:
  • Utility owners looking for sustainability and reliability in the grid
  • Project developers looking for value stacking to maximize revenue

If you have questions to submit beforehand, please direct them to Stephen Sproul

Curious to learn more? Register to attend:

Meet our speakers and moderator

Stephen Sproul

Senior Engineer

Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Stanislav Cherevatskiy

Senior Consulting Engineer - Grid Edge, Energy Storage and Microgrids

Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Available on demand