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Mondo is pleased to confirm that the Victorian Government has announced the successful planning permission for the proposed battery energy storage system on Phillip Island.

The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning have confirmed a Planning Approval for the installation of the 5MW/10MWh battery near the village of Wimbledon Heights,  Phillip Island. The installation will commence shortly, and the battery will provide crucial network services, especially important during peak summer holiday periods, with the expectation of being commissioned by the end of 2022.

To view the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) application for the project, please visit their website.

The PICESS will be a permanent installation on the island and will mainly address the need for peak supply during summer and improve the resilience of supply in summer while also being available at other times for other network, market, or community services. This can lead to an improvement in the consistency and reliability of the electricity on the Island. We also plan for this battery to enable new technologies and trials and increase the solar capacity on the island.

Mondo is excited to be supporting the co-design of the future of energy for the residents of Phillip Island and believes in the value of distributed energy resources to support the creation of new energy eco-systems for customers and communities alike.

Totally Renewable Phillip Island

Working with the community

Totally Renewable Phillip Island TRPI was formed during a public forum attended by more than 200 people.  At that gathering, a unanimous decision was made to set a target for 100% renewable energy and to be net-zero carbon by 2030.

Renewable energy

Phillip Island’s first battery energy storage system.

The Phillip Island Community Energy Storage System (PICESS) will offer greater reliability in electricity supply for the Island, especially during peak holiday periods and provide a new world of renewable energy opportunities.

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Update

Following the October 2021 online launch of the battery plans, Mondo also hosted a pop-up information session in Wimbledon Heights, which was also coupled with a leaflet drop on houses along Ventnor Beach Road and Hallway Drive heading up to Wimbledon Road.

Responsibility for the 5MW / 10 MWh battery planning approvals is the responsibility of the State Government. The application was submitted to the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DELWP) in late 2021 and includes studies and reports that examine:

  • Ecological and visual impacts,
  • Specific Cultural Heritage,
  • Fire and bushfire plans,
  • Site groundwater movements,
  • Acoustic (noise) considerations, and
  • Geo-technical studies.

Toward the end of 2021 Mondo, with TRPI and the Energy Innovation Cooperative support, the Planning Permit Public Exhibition Period was advertisements were placed in local media and social media.  A second online information session was provided in mid-January 2022. The public exhibition period concluded at the end of January 2021 for the State planning process and DELWP is reviewing plans and reports. 

Mondo is pleased to confirm that the Victorian Government has announced the successful planning permission for the proposed battery energy storage system on Phillip Island.

The construction phase will commence soon, with a plan to complete the installation by the end of 2022, ready for the peak holiday period over summer.

To view the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) application for the project, please visit their website.

What type of battery

The PICESS will be a permanent installation on the island and will mainly address the need for peak supply during summer and improve the resilience of electricity in summer while also being available at other times for other networks, market, or community services. This can lead to an improvement in the consistency and reliability of the electricity on the Island. We also plan for this battery to enable new technologies and trials and enable increased solar generation capacity on the island. 

Who’s providing the battery

Hitachi ABB Power Grids will be providing the battery energy storage equipment for the PICESS. Hitachi ABB Power Grids are an experienced equipment supplier that has been providing battery storage solutions in Australia for over 30 years/since 1990, with over 500 MW and 200 sites installed globally.

Mondo with TEC-C as a delivery partner will manage the delivery/implementation of the battery solution. TEC-C are experienced in the safe and timely delivery of High Voltage renewable projects with previous experience including projects with batteries, university microgrids, and solar farms.

Working with local Council

Bass Coast Shire Council (Council) is an important partner in the development of the battery and is participating in the planning process for the PICESS. Further, negotiations are underway to secure the proposed battery site on the northeast corner of the land recently purchased by Council along Gap Road and some 400 meters from Wimbledon Heights.

Final decisions on the lease of Council owned land will be available when a planning decision is finalised with DELWP.

Where will the battery be located? 

The Phillip Island community battery is expected to be located on Gap Road in Cowes.  

Planned battery and fire protection

Mondo has worked with a diverse range of battery technology providers to select hardware that both meets the specific operational needs but also minimises the risk of fire – or ‘thermal runaway,’ as it is called.  Housed in 32 smaller separate cabinets, the selected ABB solution has a battery management system that monitors the performance of the batteries at all levels (cell, module, cabinet and system).  These management systems will automatically adjust battery activity to isolate problems and faults and send updates to the operator via internet-connected communications. When faults occur, safety mechanisms can de-activate/disconnect the troubled cells, modules or if needed, the whole system to ensure it doesn’t persist and spread.

In addition, every cabinet has an aerosol fire extinguishing system that removes oxygen and heat from overheated cells when fire risk is detected to reduce further the risk of thermal runaway occurring or spreading.  At the same time, extensive consultation has occurred with the Country Fire Authority to determine asset design and fire response strategies to address an event at the battery or in the event of an unrelated grass fire in the surrounding fields.

Furthermore, throughout the upcoming battery installation, Mondo will work with local CFA command to ensure firefighters are well briefed in the appropriate fire response plans and techniques.

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