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Potential investors in Queensland's large battery market are being asked by the state government to become part of the state's distribution network.

Energy Queensland is looking for expressions of interest from utility companies that can offer suitable batteries, inverters, or complete grid-scale energy storage systems.

Target organizations include those that can support a variety of battery system sizes and functions on a grid scale.

This is part of the state government's energy transition and the goal of 50 percent renewable energies by 2030.

"Our Buy Queensland sourcing approach means that we have a strong preference for Queenslander employing companies and local content such as metals and minerals that are quarried and processed in Queensland and the products made from them," said Energy Secretary Mick de Brenni.

The expression of interest focuses on offers for network storage systems on a megawatt scale that are suitable for connection to the 11 kV, 22 kV or 33 kV power distribution network.

Energy Queensland Executive General Manager Peter Price said companies that offer value for money and support the long-term needs of the organization are ideal candidates.

"To provide a value for money comparison, Energy Queensland is asking for pricing and technical answers for a small subset of the potential system size offerings, namely four megawatt systems that can provide two hours and four hours of storage," he said.

"These system sizes were chosen for an initial comparison as they are the most likely size for a short term installation. However, Energy Queensland can source larger or smaller systems depending on the business needs at this point in time."

He added that EOIs should include a complete energy storage system that includes the inverter, battery and associated control systems, a power conversion system that includes the inverter and supporting control and monitoring devices, or an energy storage unit (battery).

EOIs will be phased out for four weeks starting Monday, November 8th.

Australian Associated Press

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