South Korea battery manufacturer Kokam has commissioned a 30MW/11.4MWh battery storage facility in Western Australia’s Pilbara, the large installation of its type in the country.

The battery is located next to the 180MW Newman gas-fired power station owned by Alinta, which supplies the Roy Hill iron ore mine that is majority owned by Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting.

Its combination of high power, low energy, is designed to allow one of the gas generators at the Alinta facility to be switched off, because the Kokam battery will jump in to provide inertia, frequency, voltage and operating protections.

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