Lithium-ion battery trials progress in ACT

ACT company ITP Renewables has embarked on the second phase of its lithium-ion battery trial—a program that is evaluating battery storage systems in household and commercial applications – at the Bruce Campus of the Canberra Institute of Technology.

The findings of the trial will help customers and battery installers make informed decisions about the best battery storage system for their needs, and help companies make investment decisions on the benefits of both grid-connected and remote battery storage systems.

Phase One of the trial was launched on 17 August 2016 by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), ITP Renewables and the ACT government, and began with eight batteries.

Phase Two adds a further 10 batteries, including eight lithium-ion products, a zinc-bromide flow battery and a aqueous hybrid ion battery, testing the technology under Australian conditions with results compared against claims made by manufacturers about performance and how they can be combined with rooftop solar installations.

Real-time data from the trials has been made freely available online at

ARENA is contributing $870,000 to the $1.32 millon trial.

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