National Battery Testing Center at Queensland University of Technology
Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick is including $15 million in funding for the National Battery Testing Center at Queensland University of Technology in Tuesday’s state budget. He says he wants his state to be “the natural home” for battery testing and manufacturing in Australia.
Australia is going through a major energy crisis, with east coast states being warned of possible power cuts. The crisis was caused by the confluence of an intense cold snap, fossil fuel generator outages, the high cost of gas due to the Russian war, and a decade of political neglect by the previous federal government. . Repair is possible, but will take time. One of the medium term solutions is battery storage for solar generation in Queensland. There is minimal wind generation in Queensland. The National Battery Testing Center writes:
The National Battery Testing Center (NBTC) was established at Queensland University of Technology to test multiple types and sizes of battery systems under real-world conditions for Australian applications.
NBTC also has unique capabilities to manufacture and test pilot quantities of custom lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells. Our center is part of the Future Battery Industries CRC which brings together 50 partners from Australian industry (raw materials, minerals, chemical precursors, etc.), federal and state governments and academia to support the development of the Australian storage industry batteries.
“We want to give this center the ability to certify battery cells and systems, which at the moment can only be done overseas,” Mr Dick said on Wednesday. Queensland continues its pre-budget focus on energy storage, with a promise to invest $15 million in battery testing.
Last week, the government allocated $35 million to study a second pumped hydroelectric energy storage site. The site would act like a giant battery, using renewable energy to pump water from an upstream reservoir into a hydroelectric dam to regenerate electricity. Another $13 million will be spent to finalize a study to determine whether the government should invest in the Borumba Pumped Hydro storage project.
Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said recent pressures in the national electricity market have underscored the importance of energy storage.
“Storage is key to our energy independence, whether at home, statewide, or as a nation,” he said. RedEarth is a proud supporter of NBTC and is currently working with the Center to test its battery cells and modules.
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