DNV Provides Technical Due Diligence for Australian Bus Electrification Project

Independent energy expert DNV has participated in one of Australia’s leading end-to-end bus depot electrification projects.

October 27, 2021. By News Bureau

Independent energy expert DNV has participated in one of Australia’s leading end-to-end bus depot electrification projects. 
The AUD$40-million initiative in New South Wales is being developed by a joint venture (JV) between leading UK-based battery storage operator Zenobē and Transgrid, the operator of the NSW high-voltage electricity grid.  
On one of NSW’s major electric bus pilots, the project forms part of the State government’s plan to transition its 8,000 strong bus fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2030.  
“We are delighted to have leveraged our global expertise in large-scale electric vehicle, renewable generation and battery storage technologies for this project which will help accelerate the roll-out of next-generation, electrified public transport in Australia,” said Brice le Gallo, Regional Director for Energy Systems Asia Pacific at DNV. 
“The project demonstrates the multiple functions that a battery energy storage system (BESS) can perform: storing solar energy, charging electric buses and helping support a more stable grid. It also highlights what our future power system can look like, and the central role that a smart grid combined with EVs and renewable generation can play in Australia’s low-carbon energy future,” Le Gallo added.  
Zenobē Co-Founder and Director Steven Meersman said they selected DNV as the independent risk and assurance expert, to deliver the innovative outcomes with security and confidence.  
“When we are delivering the future today, we need to work with like-minded partners who can assess solutions that are pioneering the industry. Our energy and transport networks are merging, which means we need holistic solutions such as the ones presented in this project to overcome the challenges and seize the opportunities that come from large scale electrification.  
“We are glad to be growing Zenobē’s portfolio to include Australia and look forward to building on this innovative project and continuing to partner with local operators.” 
Transgrid Acting CEO Brian Salter welcomed the support of partners in delivering the project. 
“Our energy system is evolving rapidly and electrification of transport is an essential feature of the modern energy system and this initiative is a welcome addition to the grid-scale batteries and multipurpose energy hubs we are developing throughout Australia.  We are delighted to see this project going forward,” he said. 
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