50 MWh Tesla Battery ESS Launched At Solar Farm In Australia

NOV 16 2018 BY MARK KANE 34

Tesla supplied a 50 MWh energy storage system in Australia

Australia continues its leadership in the battery energy storage market, introducing another big ESS.

This time 50 MWh/25 MW of batteries were installed in Victoria at an existing 60 MW Gannawarra Solar Farm.

The energy storage was installed by Tesla, ahead of schedule, and now will enable to better utilize solar generation as well perform grid balancing functions.

The ESS is operated by EnergyAustralia, which teamed up Edify Energy, Tesla and WIRSOL Energy.

According to reports, the 50 MWh system is the biggest battery ESS at a solar installation in Australia.

Source: pv-magazine-australia.com

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34 Comments on "50 MWh Tesla Battery ESS Launched At Solar Farm In Australia"

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Please watch your units. (GWh??)

Since it’s a 25MW system, the battery has 1/4 year capacity at full power.

Surely It’s got to be 2 hours at its capacity of 25Mw for 50Mwhrs

Looks like you have a 1000 to 1 typo, the Tesla tweet you pasted in says 50 megawatt hours, your headline and body text say 50 gigawatt hours? 50 GWh is unheard of in my reading, you really mean 50 MWh, right? That is more reasonable for today’s technology.

Pumped storage hydro is probably the only GWh scale storage that exists in the world, as far as i know.

PG&E’s Moss Landing deal with Dynegy is 1.2 GWh. Including Tesla and two smaller vendors the overall project total is 2.27 GWh.

SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes facility has 1.1 GWh of storage. They’ve won bigger deals since that plant started operating in 2015, but I don’t think any are under construction yet.

If 10% of US vehicles were BEVs it would represent a 1500 GWh dispatchable load.

where does dynegy get its batteries/cells from? They are not a manufacturer.

Tesla buys from Panasonic, Samsung, LG. Dynegy could buy from them, SK or one of a half-dozen major Chinese firms (CATL, BYD, etc.).

Yeah, that was useful.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

To give you some idea how obviously it had to be 50MWh, once Panasonic has finished installing its manufacturing capacity at Gigafactory 1, there’ll be 35GWh/year produced.

uh no.
ORIGINALLY, GF1 was going to be 35GWh / year. In fact, it will be at that level by end of 2018 (i.e. less than another month).
HOWEVER, the massive expansion of the facilities was about bringing cell production to 105 GWh. That should be in place by 2 years from now.

50MWh – not GWh…

Yes, I too, am amazed at this MASSIVE SIZE, and then have to question it.

It’s incredible that with unlimited solar potential Australia is actually in the middle of an energy crisis with sky high energy prices as suppliers use real and artificial scarcity to squeeze the consumer. Hopefully these grid storage solutions will help Australia reach its durable energy potential.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

That crisis is providing the great opportunity for renewables and storage.

Certain politicians are *blaming* renewables, and asking for more coal…

You are right about the crises in Australia’s energy system. But it’s entirely due to the incompetent and corrupt Conservative government here in Australia who after five years in power are still incapable of any policy that gives even a glimmer of hope to long suffering consumers.

CA has great solar, sky-high prices and occasional energy crises. It’s about politics, not resources.

Yep, the biggest battery storage in the WORLD is the PG&E Moss Landing project that doggydog mentioned, at just over 2 GWh. It’s a typo. (A thinko??)

@Editors: Please correct your story and headline. The capacity of the battery is 50 MWh and not 50 GWh.

Aaaarghh… I was amazed first…. Until I saw that 50GWh/50MW… And the tweet…

Well I guess otherwise the headline would have been a bit more bombastic…

Move on… Nothing to see here…

Do Not Read Between The Lines

The more interesting note is that it’s at an existing facility.
Renewables + storage is becoming the norm. Great synergies.
And the lower the levelized cost of renewables goes, the more renewables and storage there will be.
The lower the cost of the battery systems goes, the more storage there will be with the renewables.

The largest “battery” that I’m aware of is the Bath County (Virginia) pumped hydro station at 30 GWh; it can provide/absorb 3 GW for ten hours. Virginia has the opposite problem of California, there’s so much baseload from coal/nukes at night that they pump water uphill late at night and produce electricity the following day/evening.

It’s not exactly the opposite problem: night time overproduction happens pretty much everywhere — including California. High solar penetration markets just *additionally* get midday overproduction…

WIsh you guys would proof read what you write. It is not flattering.

What’s your issue? If there’s a problem, we’re happy to fix it, but we don’t see what you’re pointing to.

50 MWh not GWh.

Thank you. Fixed. Sorry

Not a problem typos happen. Looks like everyone already knew it was a typo and wanted to point it out.

Great that InsiderEVs has educated so many people about storage batteries and units of measurement.

Whole lotta people in here can’t seems to get over the typo in the header. My brain just naturally adjusted it since as of today, storage installs are overwhelmingly in MWh, not GWh.

Loving the link between storage and renewables installs, first the wind farm tie to the 200MWh site in South Australia, now this. As the price per kWh continues its decline, it will be really interesting to see renewables with storage dominate the peaker capacity market, and more gradually replace fully amortized baseload capacity.

That said, I don’t think Lithium Ion is the long term solution for grid scale storage, but as a proof of solution, it is drawing hundreds of millions of dollars into R&D for alternative chemistries.

Actually, Lithium is great as part of a battery. It sux as part of li-ion. It is far far better as li-air.

Lithium-Ion is fine for daily storage. It’s just not feasible for longer-term storage.

Australians;
Please go after your billionaires and get them to help fund Tesla to at LEAST start producing batteries there. They can be used for storage, and exported all around. In particular, islands, such as Hawaii, Puerto Rico, etc need storage, as well as generation.
You have all of the elements needed for battery cell production. You have factory buildings that are sitting empty BEGGING to be used.
Come on, this is ideal for you guys.
quit f’ing around and jump on this.
Write your billionaires and push them.