SMA Grid-Forming technology at Jabiru, an Australian first.

GRID-FORMING: SMA Grid-Forming technology at Jabiru, an Australian first.

SMA have achieved a major milestone in large scale grid independence by providing pivotal Grid Forming technology along with Blackstart and hybrid capabilities to sustainable energy producer / IPP; EDL, with the recent commissioning of their Jabiru Hybrid Renewable Power Station, in Jabiru, Northern Territory. The commissioning marks a successful transition from dependency on a now decommissioned uranium mine’s diesel power station to a sustainable, de-centralised and purpose built 11.4 MW solar-battery-diesel hybrid power station with at least 50% of the energy coming from renewable generation. With sustainability at the forefront, this investment is part of the Northern Territory Government’s 135.5-million-dollar commitment to Jabiru’s future as a vibrant tourism hub and service centre for Kakadu National Park and the West Arnhem region, helping position Northern Territory to reach its 50% renewable energy target by 2030.

Integration of the hybrid system was led by EDL, with SMA engineers commissioning the microgrid control system in coordination with other vendors. Joshua Birmingham, Director of Large Scale and Project Solutions at SMA Australia, said, “This is an exciting time for SMA, with one of the key achievements for the Jabiru Hybrid Power Station, being the successful implementation of our grid-forming and blackstart technology, an Australian first. The integration of PV and battery storage, with the diesel generation support, will give the off-grid town of Jabiru the ability to utilize solar energy as the primary source of power in a hybrid system.”

The hybrid power station at Jabiru comprises 3.9MW solar generation, a 3MW/5MWh grid-forming battery and 4.5MW of diesel generation. SMA technology within the plant includes one MV Power Station 4400-S2 (MVPS-4400-S2) consisting of a Sunny Central UP 4400 kVA (SC 4400 UP) solar inverter to convert clean DC power to AC power, two MV Power Stations 2475-S2 (MVPS 2475-S2) with built in Sunny Central Storage 2475 kVA (SCS 2475) battery inverters to provide off-grid capability, working in tandem with the local diesel generation, and an SMA Power Plant Manager (PPM) with Hybrid Controller coordinating the microgrid control system.

SMA’s grid-forming capabilities implemented in the Jabiru hybrid station is the first of its kind in Australia, with more to come. Looking towards the future, Joshua said “With SMA’s advanced, sustainable technology, combined with an experienced team, our clients can have confidence in fundamentally strong grid-forming and blackstart capabilities we provide. As Australia continues to progress towards a 100% renewable future, we are ready to deliver those customized solutions.”

About SMA
As a leading global specialist in photovoltaic and storage system technology, the SMA Group is setting the standards today for the decentralized and renewable energy supply of tomorrow. SMA’s portfolio contains a wide range of efficient PV and battery inverters, holistic system solutions for PV and battery-storage systems of all power classes, intelligent energy management systems and charging solutions for electric vehicles and power-to-gas applications. Digital energy services as well as extensive services up to and including operation and maintenance services for PV power plants round off SMA’s range. SMA inverters with a total output of approximately 115 gigawatts have been installed in more than 190 countries worldwide. SMA’s multi-award-winning technology is protected by approximately 1,700 patents and utility models. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and is listed in the TecDAX index and SDAX index.

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