Published: Thu, August 01, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Tesla Megapack large-scale batteries to power utility-size projects

Tesla Megapack large-scale batteries to power utility-size projects

Compared to peaker power plants, which Tesla said cost millions of dollars every day to operate because they "fire up whenever the utility grid can't provide enough power to meet peak demand", the Megapack would be more efficient.

Credit: Tesla "Megapack significantly reduces the complexity of large-scale battery storage and provides an easy installation and connection process". To match global demand for massive battery storage projects like Hornsdale, Tesla designed and engineered a new battery product specifically for utility-scale projects: Megapack.

Tesla may be best known for its electric cars but an important part of that equation is the battery.

With this, Tesla can deploy an emissions-free 250 megawatt (MW), one gigawatt hours (GWh) power plant in less than three months, which would be four times faster than a traditional fossil fuel power plant of that size. It is the largest energy storage system offered by the company. Connected to Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, three hours' drive from Adelaide, the Powerpack system was meant to alleviate some of the state's severe energy issues.

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Storage has come to account for an increasingly large percentage of Tesla's energy business, which also includes solar panels.

The article below is Tesla's blog post about a new energy storage offering - Megapacks. The installation itself will store excess solar or wind energy for that goal. The project reduced costs by nearly $US40 million during its first year, Tesla says. The company has now officially launched the product and also confirmed that it would be used in the upcoming Moss Landing project in California.

The Powerpack, in conjunction with renewables, has already proven its worth propping up fossil fuel plants experiencing outages - there was that baller time Tesla's system bailed out a coal power station almost 620 miles (1,000 kilometres) away. This integrates with Autobidder, Tesla's machine-learning platform for automated energy trading.

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