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).

Once complete, it will be the world’s most powerful radio-telescope system, powered by the most sophisticated solar/storage/diesel energy system in the world.

Lithium-ion Battery