Sometimes there are old solutions to new problems. But often the problem would be best avoided in the first place. The developers of one of Australia’s most ambitious solar and eventually battery storage projects encountered precisely this – as the rate of wind and large-scale solar development in Australia outstrips the capabilities of the grid, at least in some locations.
This synchronous condenser was installed at the Templestowe substation in Melbourne in 1966. This old technology for providing intertia and system stability has now been deployed in support of the 450 MW Kiamal solar farm in Victoria.
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