Australia’s largest behind the meter battery system charges up at Monash

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Victoria’s Monash Uni installs Australia’s largest commercial behind-the-meter battery storage system – a 1MWh hybrid system combining vanadium flow and lithium-ion.

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As Victoria heads to an election heavily focused on energy affordability and secturity, the state’s biggest university has quietly installed Australia’s largest commercial behind-the-meter battery storage system, on a path to becoming 100 per cent energy self-sufficient.

The system, installed by Monash University inside its new Bio-medical Learning and Teaching Building (pictured above) at the Clayton Campus, combines a 180kW/900kWh vanadium redox flow battery system and a 120kW/120kWh C1-rated lithium battery.

Installed by UK-based industrial energy storage specialists redT Energy, it is the award-winning centrepiece of Monash’s industry-leading $135 million shift to net-zero emissions and 100 per cent renewables by 2030.

These targets are no small task: Monash is Australia’s largest university, and – with more than 70,000 students and 150 buildings spread across four domestic campuses – a significant consumer of energy.

So far, however, a comprehensive strategy devised with the help of ClimateWorks, and overseen by Monash’s Net Zero Initiative program director Scott Ferraro, has achieved a great deal.

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Sophie Vorrath

Sophie is editor of and deputy editor of its sister site, Sophie has been writing about clean energy for more than a decade.

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