First Tesla Powerpack “Grid-Scale” Installations Come To Asia-Pacific and Europe – Video

OCT 27 2016 BY MARK KANE 14

Camborne Energy Storage

Camborne Energy Storage

Today, Tesla Powerwall installations are spread across the world, while the utility-scale sized Tesla Powerpack energy storage system are just now getting traction outside of the U.S.

In Europe, the first installation was recently announced by Camborne Energy Storage in the UK.

While for Asia-Pacific, in New Zealand, grid provider Vector announced last Thursday that it had just installed a “grid-scale” Powerpack system in Glen Innes (Auckland) consisting of 24 Powerpacks – good for 1MW service, and 2.3 MWh of storage.  (Check out Vector’s full press release here)

Vector’s Chief Executive Simon Mackenzie says Tesla Powerpack introduces an agility and flexibility into how Vector manages and invests in its network.

“By gauging trends such as household energy consumption, the effect of infill housing and the uptake of new energy systems, we can target growth areas and defer or avoid the significant investment required in a new substation.

“And when connection or consumption growth requires a conventional network upgrade, we can mobilise the batteries to other parts of the network where power demand is rising,” he says.

“This is transforming the way the energy sector is managed and will have a powerful influence on consumer behaviour.”

A Cluster Of Tesla Energy Powerpacks - Utility and Business Energy Storage System

A Cluster Of Tesla Energy Powerpacks – Utility and Business Energy Storage System

As for Camborne’s UK installation, ultimate total capacity of the Powerpack syste is yet to be disclosed (although it starts with five 100 kWh units), but Camborne states power output will be good for 500 homes. ESS will be paired with solar.

Camborne also boast total ESS project pipeline in the UK of more than 100 MWh.

Press release for UK Tesla Powerpack installation in Europe below:

“Camborne Energy Storage (“Camborne”), a UK-based developer of large-scale energy storage projects, is pleased to be installing the very first grid scale Tesla Powerpacks in Europe. With the recent arrival of the batteries to a site in Somerset, Camborne are co-locating them with a ground mounted solar PV site.

The combined solar and battery installation has the capacity to provide power for over 500 homes. Camborne has selected this design to demonstrate the ability to provide a balanced grid and grow its ambitions for pioneering co-located energy systems throughout the UK.

This installation is a significant milestone in continuing Camborne’s strategy to deploy battery energy storage across the UK. Each of the Camborne installed systems are designed to further assist and improve the efficiency of the UK’s energy infrastructure and support the renewable energy industry’s ability to provide baseload power in the future.

The Tesla Powerpacks, installed by EPC Poweri Services, have been produced specifically to operate and integrate seamlessly with the solar PV site, optimising the existing assets and providing ancillary services to National Grid.”

Dan Taylor, Managing Director of Camborne, said:

the development of Tesla’s first European grid-tied system is an exciting step forward for Camborne and Tesla in terms of our respective storage strategies. This project is another success for storage development in the UK and being co-located with a renewable generation site, should offer significant benefits to all stakeholders.”

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14 Comments on "First Tesla Powerpack “Grid-Scale” Installations Come To Asia-Pacific and Europe – Video"

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100Mwh at 500$/kwh is 50 million dollars..yes?…not bad for Tesla’s balance sheet.

Interesting how we are seeing 2.6:1 here, where Tesla went 4:1, 80MwH for 20MW in CA.

Agility, flexibility, and a small footprint, what’s not to like. That one in the video was constructed in a minuscule space between two small buildings.

is there any cost information on this installation?

“while the utility-scale sized Tesla Powerpack energy storage system are just now getting traction outside of the U.S.”

Have they done a lot with utility scale packs inside the US? It’s exciting to think of the load balancing potential and related emissions reductions through utilizing this kind of technology!

I could see a huge market for Tesla’s power packs in the Caribbean. The reason why is a lot of small Caribbean islands have small power grids that mostly run diesel generators that burn tens of thousands of gallons of fuel in a week. At the same time the sunlight is extreamly storing on these islands. But most of all power is extreamly expensive on these islands that a lot of large hotels and resorts have their own diesel generators.

I believe Kawai’i is getting the first larger installation in the US.

Nice, looks like there’ll be a very large one soon in LA too…

I think these Tesla power packs could easily eat up at least half of Tesla’s new Giga factory’s capacity.

I’m sort of worried Tesla cannot produce enough batteries for all 3 cars, powerpacks and powerwalls. They’re going to need to make 10 million 2170 batteries everyday 365. Then they plan to do 30 million per day everyday 365 by 2020. Them shits going to be flying out the machine like a hotdog factory.

I think now Tesla’s profits are being held down like center blocks on a guy trying to swim across a shark tank.

And I think Tesla not having enough batteries is going to be the thing that might bring down Tesla even after the Giga factory is running. This is due to the massive inflow of orders of at least one megawatt in size for grid balancing stations.

A example is say Tesla has to build a forty megawatt battery station for a island in the Brahmas. That large order alone could tie up the giga factory for a few weeks. And think of how Tesla could get tied up with a 100 or 200 megawatt battery station order.

Looks like they will have to construct a Second Giga factory already!

I want 100kWh of batteries in my basement, hooked up to my solar panes. That would get me through a few days with zero input. Wonder if you get a bulk discount 🙂

So 500kWh is good for 500 holmes – thats a 1bar fire on and nothing else; if only my wife was that frugal!