Article by James Martin | 18 May 2016
The Australian Energy Storage Alliance (AESA) officially announced the launch of the Australian Energy Storage Database (AESDB), which will serve as the authoritative resource for existing and upcoming energy storage projects in Australia and New Zealand. The Australian arm of the database is a portal to the Global Energy Storage Database created under the US Department of Energy and Sandia National Labs.
The Australian Energy Storage Alliance will be managing the collection and collation of commercial-scale energy storage project data for Australia and New Zealand. The AESA, receiving support from the NSW Department of Industry and the Energy & Resources Knowledge Hub, will be tasked with adding existing (but still unlisted) projects, as well as new projects as they are announced. They will also be verifying data on projects uploaded to the database and updating existing listings.
The database includes projects ranging from small-scale commercial energy storage systems to larger systems for industrial facilities or infrastructure. All types of energy storage technology are eligible to be listed, including battery storage (‘electro-chemical’), electro-mechanical (such as flywheels), hydrogen storage, pumped hydro or thermal storage.
Anyone can access the database for free, and users can filter projects by type, size, location, use case and status. The database will serve as a resource to inform decision-making for developers, owners and investors, with the ultimate aim of accelerating the uptake of energy storage in Australia and globally.
Currently, there are over 1,550 projects listed in the global database, about 50 of which are located in Australia. (System developers and owners alike are encouraged to add their projects here.)