Community batteries: what are they, and how could they help Australian energy consumers?
In what might be the most attention the battery world has had since Elon Musk built South Australia’s giant battery, Labor has announced that if they win the next election they will front up the cash to install hundreds of “community batteries” across the country.
But what is a “community battery” and how do they work?
What’s the deal?
The kind of batteries that are used to support the electricity grid come in different shapes and sizes. There are the ones used to support electricity generation, like Elon Musk’s big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia, which is used as frequency support.
There are mid-size batteries that are used in rural areas to isolate networks and provide a backup power supply in case the power goes out.