Tesla to install giant battery in Victoria

French renewable energy company Neoen will partner with Tesla to install one of the world’s largest lithium-ion batteries in country Victoria.

The battery will use Tesla’s Megapack technology in collaboration with AusNet Services, who will act as the network partner, to modernise and stabilise Victoria’s power grid.

The battery storage facility will be built in the South-Eastern city of Geelong and will be twice the size of the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia, which was the largest facility when it began its operation in 2017.

Victoria’s current grid relies heavily on coal-fired factories, which can become unreliable during periods of intense heat. Over the past several Summers, the state has experienced multiple power outages as the system struggles to keep up with the magnitude of households and businesses turning on their air conditioners.

The battery will allow for up to an additional 250 megawatts of peak capacity on the existing interconnector, as well as providing an automatic response in the event of power outages.

“By securing one of the biggest batteries in the world, Victoria is taking a decisive step away from coal-fired power and embracing new technologies that will unlock more renewable energy than ever before,” said Lily D’Ambrosio, Victoria’s state minister for energy, environment and climate change.

The battery will also provide a significant economic boost to the area by creating employment opportunities within the community. Over 80 construction jobs, as well as 6 full-time permanent jobs will be generated.  Further to this, Neoen noted in its release, that multiple local community building and education initiatives will also be supported across the project’s timeline.

“The big battery will help protect our network in summer, create jobs and drive down energy prices, as well as supporting our recovery from the coronavirus pandemic,” D’Ambrosio said in a separate statement.

The battery is expected to be operational by the end of 2021.

Source: Clean Technica | Tesla to Install Another Giant Battery in Australia

10 November 2020

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