Southern Company Adds Tesla Powerpacks To Clean Up Its Act

2 months ago by Mark Kane 6

Moments later a dance party like you have never seen would break out.  AKA Southern Company building the future of energy with new battery storage research demonstration

Southern Company just launched its McCrary Battery Energy Storage Demonstration project, complete with a 250 kW / 1 MWh Tesla Powerpack system.

Southern Company – 250 kW / 1 MWh Tesla Powerpack system

The relatively small installation finds a home in Pensacola, Florida.

The 2 year research effort will perhaps be followed by larger projects in the future.  Although the benefits and costs of commercial-scale grid storage seems pretty well mapped out to us at this point.

The goal of the Pensacola batteries is to determine the capabilities of the energy storage system in improving resiliency and costs savings, as well as to get a handle on costs and what is required to install the units for future commercial customer’s particular needs.

“Insights gained from the demonstration are expected to accelerate the development of battery storage technology across the Southern Company system.”

“The McCrary Battery Energy Storage Demonstration was developed by Southern Company research and development in partnership with Gulf Power and in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute’s Integrated Grid Initiative and Tesla.

Specifically, the project aims to further the understanding of the siting, installation and operational requirements of commercial- and industrial-scale energy storage systems. It will provide information on the advantages battery storage can offer customers and energy providers through peak shaving, demand management, ancillary services, energy arbitrage and backup power.

Southern Company remains at the forefront of accelerating the development and deployment of energy storage systems that will offer many benefits and great promise to the electric utility industry. From greater reliability to increased use of renewable energy to reduced prices for customers, energy storage has the potential to further enable the smart grid and help utilities meet customers’ needs.”

Southern Company – 250 kW / 1 MWh Tesla Powerpack system

Southern Company Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene said:

“At Southern Company, we are constantly broadening our industry-leading expertise to harness new technologies that can deliver clean, safe, reliable, affordable energy to customers. This collaborative research project with Gulf Power will deepen our understanding of battery energy storage systems and the value they can provide.”

Stan Connally, Gulf Power chairman, president and CEO said:

“Gulf Power is proud to be involved in this battery energy storage demonstration at the McCrary Training and Storm Center and to be in the forefront of evaluating innovative energy technologies. Throughout our history, we have been host to the development of energy solutions that have resulted in greater energy efficiency, cleaner energy production and value for our customers – and this commissioning event signals our ongoing commitment to build a better energy future.”

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6 responses to "Southern Company Adds Tesla Powerpacks To Clean Up Its Act"

  1. Artful Dodger says:

    I wonder why this Powerpack installation has an apparent C-rating of about 0.25 C (250kw/1000kwh) when the much-discussed South Australia Power pack is closer to 0.75 C (100 MW/129 MWh).

    Transport Evolved reported recently that the SA Powerpack System will be built with cells from Samsung rather than Gigafactory 1.

    So I’m speculating that a different chemistry was selected to support the higher power requirements for the South Australia spec’d system.

    1. Tech01x says:

      It isn’t about c-rate. It depends on the use case… higher power output requires more inverters.

  2. Mister G says:

    Its about time FLORIDUH LOL

  3. pjwood1 says:

    Next week’s decision, on Georgia’s nuclear reactors, could swing Southern’s disposition for future battery storage.

    Nuclear revenues have to be modeled on 24/7 operation. If they can attach a higher price to the watts, by (battery) shifting sales into the daytime, it will be one more thing that could drive Tesla’s fortunes.

    The first use of grid-batteries will be momentary load balancing. The economics of night/day arbitrage are next. Southern is one of the ~50,000MW juggernauts. 1MWh of batteries could be just the beginning.

  4. Claire Rutland says:

    Will this make the stock go up

  5. Jim Whitehead says:

    This is obviously a drop in the bucket for them. Are they serious?

    Its like when some rich actor guy (guess who) rides around in private jets, yet shows up at a global warming conference walking or by bicycle. We will see if Southern is serious, or just putting on a typical Green skit for politicians.

    BTW, if the Tesla powerpack survives hurricane Irma, they will get a lot of street cred fast.

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