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Local company flicks switch on battery powered Art Gallery


The Art Gallery of South Australia is now being powered with the help of large-scale smart energy storage from South Australian company SIMEC ZEN Energy.

The gallery has been fitted with the smart storage technology through a joint State Government-City of Adelaide initiative that will also see the technology installed on the State Library and Adelaide High School.

The batteries provide a total of 64kWh of energy storage to the Art Gallery, which can be charged from the grid to manage demand.

SIMEC ZEN Energy has also installed smart energy storage on the City of Adelaide’s Mile End Works Depot, through a separate contractual arrangement.

The energy storage systems were designed and built at SIMEC ZEN Energy’s Innovation Centre at Tonsley, after the company won a $1million State Government tender to deliver the project.

ZEN Energy Founder and SIMEC ZEN Energy Director of Innovation Richard Turner said smart energy storage opens a whole new range of opportunities for commercial businesses to reduce energy costs, take a firm ‘energy position’ for the longer term, and improve their market competitiveness.

“With over 10 years’ experience helping businesses realise their renewable energy potential, SIMEC ZEN Energy is at the forefront of these technologies,” said Mr Turner.

“We have a full technology pathway from commercial solar and storage through to demand management and a balance of power supply capability for large industrial customers, and welcome the chance to demonstrate this pathway with early adopters like the State Government and Adelaide City Council.”

The systems, which are a demonstration of how the technology can help businesses save energy costs, will soon be able to be monitored online at storagedemo.zenenergy.com.au.

Image Caption: The smart energy storage system powering the Art Gallery demonstrates how the technology can help businesses save energy costs (image from commons.wikimedia.org).

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