Tomago-based clean energy company MGA Thermal and AGL are investigating how the company's flexible energy storage technology can be applied to the 200 megawatt Torrens Island B power station in South Australia.
The $1 million feasibility study is investigating options to use grid electricity to charge the thermal energy storage and discharge through one of the power station's existing 200 megawatt steam turbines, which ordinarily runs on gas, when electricity is required on the grid.
Findings from the study are expected to be replicable and scalable with other thermal generators across the National Energy Market, with technology providers being able to benefit from the information.
The series, an initiative of Out of the Square and Beyond Zero Emissions, showcases some of the most innovative and dynamic clean energy industry leaders, including Janus Electric, Energy Renaissance, SwitchDin, Ampcontrol, BME, 3ME Technology, Milltech Martin Bright, Port of Newcastle and the Newcastle Institute for Energy Research.
The University of Newcastle spin-off company was founded with three employees in 2019 and today employs 25. That number is expected to grow to 50 by the end of this year and 80 by the end of 2024.
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