The solar system being built to power one of Australia’s leading star-gazing facilities – the CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia – could soon be combined with the nation’s biggest battery, after EMC (Energy Made Clean) was appointed to engineer, procure and construct a 2.5 MWh energy storage system at the site.

The lithium-ion battery system will be 100% designed, engineered and constructed by EMC – who are already in the process of building the Observatory’s 1.6 MW solar power station – at its Perth facility. Among telescopes the solar and storage system will be powering is CSIRO’s newest edition, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) – which stands to be one of the most powerful survey radio astronomy instruments on the planet.

Lithium-ion Battery