250 kW Tesla Powerpack To Be Installed In Australia For Demand Response

JUN 19 2017 BY MARK KANE 7

Tesla received orders for its Powerpack energy storage system from Australia’s Transgrid, the NSW transmission monopoly, for use as demand response and also for blackout prevention.

Tesla Powerpack

It’s not yet the 100 MWh challenge that was once proposed, but rather a small trial that could lead to something much bigger.

At first, Tesla will install a 250 kW/500 kWh system at the City of Sydney’s Alexandra Canal Works depot, which is to be followed by several other sites.

According to the Australian Financial Review, wholesale power prices in Australia have virtually doubled over the past five years, which made Tesla’s energy storage system attractive.

The big advantage of having energy storage is of course the ability to connect more renewable energy sources to the grid.

source: The Australian Financial Review via Teslarati

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7 Comments on "250 kW Tesla Powerpack To Be Installed In Australia For Demand Response"

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So, 500 kWh instead of 100 MWh. A bit of a let down, but that the way things often go.

Thanks for keeping us informed.

Jim Whitehead

Why would Australia order a tiny little Mouse Tesla system, to small to fix Australia’s elephantine power problems? Do they want to give the locals a chance to study the Tesla system, reverse engineer it and make a competing offer for the elephant contract?

If so, it will be hard to build on time and budget, without a Gigafactory to crank out thousands of battery modules per week. So Australia may see a lot more brownouts before things get any better.

If I lived there, suffering with high electric bills like Hawaii, I would just install solar and go off the grid for good!

Mr. M

Sometimes you test 3-5 different small systems before you order one in the scale that you need.


I don’t think the locals need to reverse engineer it. Nothing especially rocket science about it, but Tesla has/is building the giga factory to bring the price down.
If Australia was smart, they would be investing in their own giga factory. They have huge natural resources, but seem to only be interested in sending resources off shore for processing and not investing in core infrastructure.
Australia also has a lot of car factories going off line as Holden, Ford and Toyota finish up production. Golden opportunity to establish an EV manufacturing base from.


Jason you are spot on. No political intelligence or will to embrace and participate in the energy revolution. Many politicians cant see past coal mining royalties as a way to help prop up the balance sheet and therein lies the problem.

Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart

There are different stakeholders on the energy space there. The transmission folks (transgrid) is different to the distribution/retail folks (AGL). They are all intersted in smoothing the peaks… IIRC AGL was talking about the very large numbers

In any case, this is positive movement…

Ron N

The 100 mwh hasn’t been eliminated the bids are still being reviewed and within the next couple months a contract will be awarded. The government always takes forever to make a decision and get there finances in order and then the contractor is expected to have the work done yesterday.