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The solar energy system being constructed to power Aussie’s leading star-gazing stations – the CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) located in Western Australia, could soon be integrated with the country’s largest battery, after EMC (Energy Made Clean) was chosen to engineer, secure and build a 2.5MWh energy storage system at the area.

The lithium-ion battery technology will be 100 percent designed, engineered and built by EMC – who are currently in the in the pipeline of constructing facility – at its Perth area.

Among telescopes the solar and storage system will be supplying is CSIRO’s latest version, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) – which arguably one of the most superior survey radio astronomy instruments on the in the world.

Currently in commissioning phase, ASKAP will pave way for astronomers to provide some feedback on basic questions regarding the creation and early evolution of the world, and to trial theorems of cosmic magnetism and projections from Einstein’s theorem of general relativity.

There is a some what minimal 2-megawatt-hour battery required to be installed on the regional Victorian grid by network operator Powercor in the initial period of 2016. But as the Powercor battery is being built in South Korea, EMC says the CSIRO battery system will create wide Australian-owned IP that could be utilized into many other applications across the state.

Construction is anticipated to be completely done by the first quarter of 2016 and the containerised, rapidly deployable energy storage solution will be under full trial and commissioning in Perth prior to transporting it to site for linking to the 1.6-megawatt solar generating station.

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