Author: Darvin Tocmo
Tesla battery storage system gives coal station emergency power.
The world has already seen how Tesla battery storage system is changing the game in the energy industry. Just recently, Tesla’s giant battery proves its worth by bailing out a coal power station nearly 620 miles away.
The 1,680MW coal-fired plant was outpaced by tech billionaire Elon Musk’s giant lithium-ion battery when Victoria’s Loy Yang A3 unit failed early on December 14, reports Renew Economy.
Ironic, isn’t it, that wind power just bailed out coal?
While Gladstone’s number 1 unit was contracted to provide backup power – and did so four seconds later – the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia beat it to the punch by injecting 7.3MW into the national electricity grid just 140 milliseconds after Loy Yang began to trip. This is according to data from the Australian Energy Market Operator compiled by energy analyst Dylan McConnell.
According to the South Australian Government, the speed at which the Tesla-made battery kicked in shocked national energy operators.
“There significant advantages that the Tesla battery storage system has over traditional conventional fossil fuelled generators. One of these advantages is its incredible speed and flexibility,” South Australian Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said.
“In fact, the battery recently demonstrated that in an emergency it could increase from zero to 100MW in 0.14 seconds.”
All of this means the success of Mr Musk’s $50 million project – built as a result of a bet he made with the South Australian Government.
Tesla isn’t commenting on the battery storage systems recent performance nor the tesla powerwall lifespan. (They’re likely right into a rather expensive bottle of rare Champagne right now).