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Leichhardt depot: fully commissioned and operational

Working with Transgrid and Transit Systems we have completed construction of Australia’s largest electrified bus depot, providing a blueprint for the future of clean transport.

Now fully commissioned and operational, the depot is an Australian first at this scale, boasting a large solar array, base load metering, onsite energy storage system, grid connection and vehicle charging.

Project overview

  • 55 electric buses operating from the depot
  • Our charging optimisation software monitors overall depot energy flows including buses, charging rates, solar consumption and battery performance.
  • Secured a larger grid connection to the site (additional 1.5MVA)
  • Commissioning of a 1.25MW/2.5MWh battery system to support the bus charging, storing solar power for charging at peak times, reducing costs and minimising the impact on the local grid
  • Commissioning of 388kW rooftop solar array, providing clean onsite power generation
  • Commissioning of chargers including 5 x 120kW DC fast chargers and 31 x AC 80kW chargers

Co-Founder and Director Steven Meersman said: “This is a major milestone for the decarbonisation of public transport in Australia. We’re working at the forefront of this transformation, drawing on our strong track record delivering over 50 electrification projects around the world to deliver an electric depot with energy optimisation at its core.”

Transit Systems COO Greg Balkin said: “The project was made possible by international collaboration, bringing the most advanced technologies from around the world into the Sydney bus network.”

“We’re incredibly proud of the outcomes achieved and how we have integrated the technology into a world class depot, while maintaining regular services,” he said.

“We thank our project partners Zenobē and TransGrid, as well as Transport for NSW, ARENA and CEFC for their support in bringing this project to life– we are all incredibly proud of the achievement.”

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