Australian manufacturer of back-up power systems Magellan Power has delivered the last of its renewable Stand-Alone Power Systems to a Western Power project in Western Australia.
For the project Magellan Power manufactured 10kVA, 25kWh Stand-Alone Power Systems comprising of bi-directional inverters, lithium battery modules and microgrid controllers, all Australian designed and made by local engineers and assemblers.
The equipment manufactured will be deployed by the utility to various remote Western Australian sites such as homes and agricultural businesses.
Western Australian Minister for Energy Bill Johnston said “it’s wonderful to see local companies like Magellan working in this field. We are lucky to have some of the world’s leading technology developers of Stand-Alone Power systems here in WA, which is very heartening to see.”
“The McGowan Government is supportive of companies, like Magellan, and is committed to delivering a cleaner, brighter and more resilient energy supply for Western Australians for decades to come.”
Managing Director of Magellan Power Masoud Abshar said the project highlights Australian capabilities to develop cutting edge renewable equipment.
“Because of this contract we were able to increase our team and offer locally based design engineers and product assemblers the opportunity to create equipment that will be used to solve a local problem.”
Mr Abshar, who started Magellan Power in 1991 says making equipment for Australian projects is different to anywhere else in the world.
“We set out to produce Stand-Alone Power systems that could be made here in WA in a way that was modular, easy to operate and reliable for the harsh Australian environment. After 28 years of working in this industry I can tell you the reliability of the equipment is absolutely essential because it is deployed into areas which are extremely hot and remote, and you don’t want to be sending people there to fix it all the time.”
Masoud Abshar also praised the WA Government and in particular Minister Bill Johnston, for recognising the contribution of Western Australian manufacturers.
“Minister Johnston always had the vision of making the WA electricity network flexible and durable, and with working with local suppliers on distributed energy to make that happen.”
“The Minister has provided an excellent example of how state governments can involve the local manufacturing industry to solve problems in their own backyards, without the need for sourcing everything from overseas.”
“In WA we have all of the necessary conditions for leadership in this Stand-Alone Power market. We have the environment, governance, knowledge and experience all here in our state which can help us become world leading in this exciting new field,” Mr Abshar said.
For utilities in Western Australia it can be very difficult and expensive to connect every regional property to the existing grid infrastructure, which is why they are exploring options of Stand-Alone Renewable Power systems to replace this.
Each Stand-Alone Power system deployed to site consists of a renewable energy supply such as solar panels, battery storage, an inverter and a backup generator, which will supply electricity to the remote properties. This will then enable the properties to use a locally based, clean power source, rather than relying on the grid.