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Tesla to build battery storage project at BP’s Titan 1 wind farm in US

CTBR Staff Writer Published 11 April 2018

Tesla will install a 212kW/840kWhr battery at BP Wind Energy’s 25MW Titan 1 wind farm in South Dakota to improve the efficiency of the facility.

The purchase agreement in this connection was signed by the energy storage company with BP Wind Energy’s subsidiary Rolling Thunder I Power Partners.

The high-storage battery is planned to be integrated with the wind project and configured to help address internal power requirements of its turbines when wind isn’t blowing.

The battery storage project is likely to be launched at the wind farm during the second half of this year. 

BP Wind Energy CEO Laura Folse said: “The battery pilot project at our Titan 1 Wind Farm will provide BP Wind Energy valuable insights as we seek opportunities to use energy storage more effectively across our diverse portfolio.

“It’s another way that we’re working to create a wind energy business that is sustainable for the long-term and supporting the broader transition to a low-carbon future.”

The Titan 1 wind farm, which has been built on 7,500 acres in Hand County, is owned and operated by BP Wind Energy. It features 10 wind turbines which put together can meet the power consumption needs of nearly 6,700 homes annually.

BP said that the energy storage project at the wind farm supports its broader strategy to invest $500m a year into low-carbon technologies, including projects within its renewables portfolio and also in new low-carbon businesses.

BP Alternative Energy CEO Dev Sanyal said: “As a global energy business, BP is committed to addressing the dual challenge of meeting society’s need for more energy, while at the same time working to reduce carbon emissions.

“Projects like this one will be key in helping us get there and in playing our role in the global energy transition.”

In the US, BP directly operates 13 wind farms, which are located in Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas.

Image: The Titan 1 wind farm will be supported by a 212kW/840kWhr battery from Tesla. Photo: courtesy of BP.