What are Battery Energy Storage Systems?
Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) are large devices that can store and release energy on demand to support the delivery of electricity across Victoria. A BESS gathers energy from the electricity network powered by different sources, such as wind and solar, and stores it in rechargeable batteries for later use. When high demand events impact the network, such as hot days in summer, these batteries release this stored energy for homes and businesses to use.
BESS play an important role in Victoria’s transition to renewable energy, providing energy storage for grid-stabilisation which is vital to maintaining a reliable energy supply.