Australian First Energy Storage Trial at Alkimos Beach

Development partners LandCorp and Lendlease along with Western Australian energy retailer Synergy and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will deliver Australia’s first energy storage trial using innovative storage technology at the residential community level at Alkimos Beach, a master-planned residential community in Perth’s northern coastal suburbs.

Total cost of the trial is approximately $6.7m over the four year period; this includes $3.3m funding from ARENA and financial and in-kind contributions by Synergy, Lendlease and LandCorp.

Infrastructure planning is underway and volunteer participant recruitment will commence soon, with the trial planned to start in early 2016 and last for four years.

It is expected more than 100 Alkimos Beach residents will volunteer to participate in the trial that will provide a better understanding of how community scale infrastructure combined with energy efficiency incentives may help manage and reduce household energy costs.

Lendlease CEO of the Property business in Australia Tarun Gupta, said that Lendlease and LandCorp had taken a long-term view to create an environmentally conscious  sustainable community at Alkimos Beach, and that the energy trial would complement a range of initiatives already underway.

“The partnership between LandCorp and Lendlease at Alkimos Beach supported the concept to trial energy storage technology coupled with energy efficiency incentives,” he said.

“Currently, every purchaser at Alkimos Beach receives an Energy Smart Home Package and as part of that every home has solar panels, so thanks to the forward planning of the development partners we were able to provide Synergy with a community that already has the essential infrastructure in new dwellings in place to participate.

“This is a real coup for Alkimos Beach and we’re proud to be part of a trial that could help change the way energy is delivered to communities internationally.”

The trial will last up to four years and will test a combination of five key initiatives:

  • An Energy Smart Home Package – including rebates towards a gas boosted solar hot water system, a solar photovoltaic system and additional energy efficiency devices;
  • A community-scale energy storage device using a Lithium Ion energy storage system;
  • New electricity retail models including products and/or services;
  • A 30 minute interval metering and data platform;
  • An education program to help participating residents effectively manage their energy usage and reduce their overall electricity consumption.

LandCorp chief executive officer Frank Marra said that LandCorp was focused on growing WA in a planned and sustainable way, and one of the ways to do this was through strategic infrastructure developments such as the Alkimos Beach energy storage trial.

“LandCorp is pleased to support the partners in the energy trial that will deliver benefit to not only Alkimos Beach residents but potentially all Western Australians.

“By partnering with others, in this case Lendlease, Synergy, ARENA, the Water Corporation, the Department of Planning and the City of Wanneroo, we can deliver the highest standards of development possible.”

Alkimos Beach is a partnership between LandCorp and Lendlease.