Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, an investor in low carbon and renewable energy infrastructure, has received approval to build a renewable-powered data center project called SuperNode, as reported by Reuters on July 8. Located in Queensland, Australia, SuperNode will include four hyper-scale data centers and one of the largest battery storage installations in Australia’s electricity market. The 2,000-megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy storage system (BESS) will be powered by renewable energy projects in Queensland. According to the company, the BESS will add valuable dispatchable supply services to the grid and create additional renewable power generation capacity. With a total value of AUD2.5bn (USD1.7bn), the project is expected to kick off construction for battery storage facilities in mid-2023.
Quinbrook is committed to helping decarbonize energy-intensive data center operations through renewable power solutions. Aside from the SuperNode project, the enterprise is currently constructing BESS projects in the US and the UK, such as the 800 MW green data center campus in Texas, US. According to Quinbrook co-founder David Scaysbrook, the firm is motivated by Australia’s new Labor government’s ambitious commitment to raising the share of renewables in the National Electricity Market from 30% to 82% in 2030. In June, the new government pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, revamping the previous conservative government’s commitment of a 26% to 28% reduction.