The Muswellbrook project is a joint effort of Photon Energy, German Energy Agency dena, BAI, SMA Australia, Hanwha QCells, BAE Batterien and R+J Batteries.

The Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency – is the centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. dena’s aim is to ensure that energy is used in both a national and international context as efficiently, safely and economically as possible with the least possible impact on climate. dena is working with stakeholders from the worlds of politics and business and from society at large to achieve this aim. Shareholders in dena are the Federal Republic of Germany, KfW Bankengruppe, Allianz SE, Deutsche Bank AG and DZ BANK AG.

renewable – Made in Germany Initiative

Since 2002 the German government has been closely involved in supporting the global dissemination and transfer of technologies for renewable energies, under the brand “renewables – Made in Germany”. The responsible authority, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is thus making a significant contribution to international climate protection while promoting the worldwide acceptance and use of renewable energies.

dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme (dena RES Programme)

The dena RES Programme was developed by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency. This programme, co-financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affaires and Energy within the initiative “renewables – Made in Germany”, supports renewable energy companies entering new markets. Within the framework of the programme reference and demonstration projects are installed nearby designated institutions in different countries around the world. The installation is accompanied by comprehensive marketing and training programmes. These projects impressively present highquality renewable energy technology.


BAI designs, builds and operates communications infrastructure and services with an expertise founded on over 80 years’ experience as the owner and operator of one of the most extensive terrestrial transmission networks in the world.

The company’s Australian businesses include Broadcast Australia, which provides fully managed transmission services for radio and television, site sharing, co-hosting and infrastructure services to the telecommunications, emergency services and broadcasting industries; Airwave Solutions Australia, which operates nationwide critical communication services for emergency & public safety authorities  and private networks; and Hostworks, a leading provider of critical application management and hosting services to online, digital media, enterprise and government. The company’s businesses in Hong Kong, RFE; Toronto, BAI Canada; and New York, Transit Wireless specialise in the design, installation and operation of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage in mass transit subway venues including the New York MTA and Hong Kong Metro.

Jim Hassell, BAI Group Chief Exectutive Officer, said, „We’re thrilled to be involved in this groundbreaking project. As a service provider that relies heavily on external market forces, it’s exciting to think that soon we’ll be able to generate much of our own power. The longer-term outcome of this project will prove beneficial for our customers in many ways, as we’ll be able to provide them with a lower carbon footprint, more cost certainty and improved reliability against the grid in remote locations. We’re looking forward to assessing the outcomes of this project for a potential future network-wide implementation.“

Hanwha Q CELLS is headquartered in Germany and Europe´s largest photovoltaics provider. Around the globe the Q CELLS brand is known for solar modules, system solutions and complete power plants in superior quality – “Engineered in Germany”.
Moreover the company offers long-term partnership and financial stability being part of Hanwha Group – a South Korean Top-Ten business enterprise and a “FORTUNE Global 500” company.
At its headquarters in Thalheim (Germany) Hanwha Q CELLS has a unique setup of R&D, production and quality management, enabling the company to develop leading quality products as well as manufacturing innovations and quickly transfer them into mass production. Q CELLS` products are manufactured according to strict quality standards.
Hanwha Q CELLS has consistently put their products under pressure in the most punishing conditions around the world, including local testing in extreme heat temperatures at Alice Springs’ Desert Knowledge Centre and James Cook University’s Cyclone Testing Station in Queensland.
Customers can purchase Q CELLS´ products via the company´s dedicated Sydney branch since 2010.
Thanks to its truly international setup, high quality products and financial stability, Hanwha Q CELLS is the reliable partner for PV customers around the globe.

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SMA Australia Pty. Ltd. is one of 21 global subsidiaries of German parent company SMA Solar Technology AG, and as an energy management group, offers innovative key technologies for future power supply structures. The product range includes both inverters for photovoltaic plants connected to the grid as well as inverters for off-grid systems. SMA’s market leading product portfolio includes a compatible inverter for every type of module on the market and for all plant sizes. SMA supplies photovoltaic inverters to residential, commercial and industrial sectors, partnering with a large distribution network.

SMA Australia is based in North Ryde, Sydney where over 40 employees provide service, sales, marketing and technical support to the region. The Sydney office was officially opened in 2007 and since then has gone from strength to strength, with a strong emphasis on expanding the local team to ensure SMA is in the position to deliver the best technical pre sales and after sales service to the industry.

The SMA Group is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and also in the TecDAX index.

BAE Batterien GmbH (BAE), located in Berlin, is a medium-sized company with a long tradition in manufacturing industrial lead-acid batteries. BAE has been manufacturing batteries since 1899. For more than 110 years BAE have supplied reliable energy to the world. BAE sets high quality standards for its products, which are all certified to DIN EN ISO 9001, 14001 and 50001. BAE is certified according to OHSAS 18001.

The core business of BAE is the production of stationary batteries, especially wherever electricity needs to flow uninterrupted like in the emergency power supply for: data centres, hospitals, electrical power supply facilities and telecommunication infrastructures. More over BAE produces batteries for motive power and railway applications.

BAE operates in the market for renewable energy, providing solutions for a reliable and environmentally-friendly electrical power supply.

BAE follows market developments and research trends closely. Therefore a lot of energy is invested in the development of innovative technologies in-house and with the cooperation of several university-level institutions.

The BAE batteries for the project are supplied by R&J Batteries.
Established in 1996, R&J Batteries has become one of Australia’s fastest growing battery companies. They specialize in the importation and distribution of a comprehensive range of lead acid batteries. Previously a specialist importer of automotive and commercial batteries for SLI (Starting, Lighting & Ignition) applications, they have successfully diversified to also distribute standby, deep cycle and energy storage batteries. They are the Australian agent for the BAE brand of energy storage batteries.