Tesla Powerpack to Enable Large Scale Sustainable Energy to South Australia

10.07.2017
The grid scale energy storage project will help solve power shortages, reduce intermittencies and manage summertime peak load to improve the reliability of South Australia's electrical infrastructure. (Photo: Tesla)
The grid scale energy storage project will help solve power shortages, reduce intermittencies and manage summertime peak load to improve the reliability of South Australia's electrical infrastructure. (Photo: Tesla)

After a strom had damaged critical infrastructure in the state of South Australia and causing a state-wide blackout last September, the South Austrailian Government looked for a sustainable solution to ensure energy security for all residents. As a result Tesla is now about to install a grid-scale energy storage system.

This week, through a competitive bidding process, Tesla was selected to provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system to be paired with global renewable energy provider Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia. Tesla was awarded the entire energy storage system component of the project.

After being charged with electric energy from the Hornsdale Wind Warm the Tesla Powerpack is meant to deliver electricity during peak hours and this way help maintain the reliable operation of South Australia's electrical infrastructure. The system will further transform the state’s movement towards renewable energy and see an advancement of a resilient and modern grid.

The commissioning is planned for December 2017. When finished the system will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world. It is not only sustainable, but will help also solve power shortages, reduce intermittencies, and manage summertime peak load to improve the reliability of South Australia's electrical infrastructure.

In a smaller scale Tesla’s Powerwall is also being installed for residential customers across Australia and ramping up quickly. The same technology that can help stabilize the South Australian grid can also be used by homeowners to collect energy during the day so it is stored and made available day and night, providing uninterrupted power even if the grid goes down.

Tesla / Philipp Kronsbein

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