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Tesla to install 100MW/129MWh energy storage system for South Australian grid

CTBR Staff Writer Published 07 July 2017

Tesla has been selected by the South Australian government to install a 100MW/129MWh Powerpack system which will be paired with the 270MW Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown.

Through a bidding process, Tesla secured the contract to provide the entire energy storage system component of the project.

Tesla Powerpack will draw energy from the Neoen-owned Hornsdale Wind Farm for charging purpose. During peak hours, the powerpack system will deliver electricity to the state grid to sustain its reliability.

Tesla Powerpack, which is slated to be installed and working by the year end, is claimed by its manufacturer to become the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world.

The grid scale energy storage project can meet the power consumption needs of over 30,000 homes. This, Tesla says is nearly equal to the number of homes that went without power during the blackout period in September 2016 caused by a 50-year storm.

Tesla stated: “Working in close collaboration with the South Australian Government and Neoen, this grid scale energy storage project is not only sustainable, but will help solve power shortages, reduce intermittencies, and manage summertime peak load to improve the reliability of South Australia's electrical infrastructure.”

The company hopes that the grid scale energy storage project will be seen as a model for similar deployments around the world in the future that will help accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy in a significant manner.

Tesla also added that its Powerwall system is being installed for residential customers in the country. It uses the same technology that has the potential to help stabilize the South Australian electric grid.


Image: Tesla’s Powerpack system will be paired up with the Hornsdale Wind Farm. Photo: courtesy of Tesla.