Energy Renaissance to deliver defence-grade cybersecure Battery Management System with CSIRO and IMCRC


Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his visit to the future Energy Renaissance manufacturing facility at Tomago, NSW on 4 March 2021.

From Left to Right: Adam Best, Principal Research Scientist (CSIRO), Senator Hollie Hughes (Senator for NSW), Brian Craighead, Director of Development and Technology (Energy Renaissance), Mark Chilcolte, Managing Director (Energy Renaissance), Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Karen Andrews, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology and David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director (IMCRC)

Source: Energy Renaissance

Energy Renaissance, an Australian lithium-ion battery manufacturer, will develop a defence-grade cybersecure Battery Management System (BMS) for its superStorage family of batteries that are to be manufactured in Tomago, NSW.

The A$1.46 million BMS project is jointly funded and developed by Energy Renaissance with Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC). The BMS will monitor and report on the battery’s usage, lifespan and faults through a mobile network to Energy Renaissance and their customers. Communicating through an inverter, the system will enable secure real time data, analytics and remote management to drive down the risk of battery failure and operating costs for grid-scale energy storage users.

Brian Craighead, Technology and Development Director of Energy Renaissance said, “The collaboration between Energy Renaissance, CSIRO, and IMCRC will promote an Australian Battery Management System instead of relying on an overseas technology platform. Working together with CSIRO will ensure we can create a world-class defence-grade cybersecure Battery Management System that is fully developed and managed in Australia for critical energy storage infrastructures.”

David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director at IMCRC, sees the research collaboration between Energy Renaissance and CSIRO as a catalyst for further establishing an Australian battery manufacturing sector.

“The growing interest in renewable energy and thus demand for lithium-ion batteries provides a great opportunity for Australia. Through accessing local knowledge and expertise, this project will demonstrate how we can utilise Industry 4.0 technologies and principles to establish a viable Australian battery manufacturing sector for the benefit of all Australians, and as a national manufacturing priority.

The commitment from all involved in this project will help position and strengthen the value and influence of Australia’s role as a strategic partner in the global lithium-ion battery value chain.”