Department of State Development

17 Jul 2019 Energy and mining

Australia’s first compressed air energy storage facility

South Australia’s impressive range of renewable energy projects is set to increase with the news that a Canadian company has received development approval to build a $30 million advanced compressed air energy storage (A-CAES) facility at the Angas Zinc Mine near Strathalbyn.

The Angas A-CAES facility is the first of its kind in Australia and will use excess electricity from wind and solar to run a compressor and produce heated, compressed air that can be stored underground. The compressed air is released to drive a generator and produce electricity when demand in the electricity grid is high.

Hydrostor will re-purpose the former Angas Zinc Mine at Strathalbyn into the 5MW / 10MWh facility by transforming the existing mine into an air-storage cavern 240 metres below ground using their innovative design to achieve emissions free energy storage.

The $30 million project is supported by $3 million in funding through the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund and $6 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Hydrostor is expecting around 40 jobs during the construction phase and a further four ongoing positions over the project’s 30 year lifespan.

For more information about the Angus A-CEAS project visit https://www.hydrostor.ca/angas-a-caes-project/