Large-scale battery to be added to Queensland’s power network as experts call for more renewables after Callide fire

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27 May 2021

The Queensland government is connecting the state's largest battery to the power transmission network at Wandoan in the Darling Downs. 

It comes after an explosion and fire at the Callide Power Station in central Queensland led to a "catastrophic" turbine failure that left nearly half a million homes and businesses without power for several hours on Tuesday. 

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said the government owned company Powerlink was collaborating with Vena Energy on the project titled Wandoan South Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). 

"Large-scale battery storage completely changes the game for how our electricity system operates," he said.

Read the full article on the ABC website, featuring research by Prof Kenneth Baldwin