Tesla Powerpack Helps Provide Clean, Safe Drinking Water In Australia – Video

3 weeks ago by Mark Kane 5

Tesla Powerpacks are showing up in more and more energy storage projects in Australia.

Solar array on the water reservoir

One of the most recent is to support a water purification plant in south-east Queensland, which is designed to provide safe drinking water for 200,000 people

The facility needs to be powered on a continuous basis, but yet is off-grid.  Hence the need for a battery solution.

“”There was a need to have this reservoir, there was a need for it to be powered for its chlorination treatment however it was in an area where it was completely off the grid,” Cr Smith said.”

Initial power comes from a solar array (323 panels) on the water reservoir, while a ~95 kWh Tesla battery provides backup.

Having ESS and solar makes it a much better solution than a generator.

“The Logan City Council’s new water reservoir at Round Mountain, which has been built to cater for the growing community in the region’s south, was constructed so far from the nearest power grid that it needed its own power source to be economically viable.

Logan Mayor Luke Smith said the Tesla battery, invented by technology billionaire Elon Musk, has saved ratepayers $1.9 million in power connection costs and would allow the reservoir to chlorinate water “off-grid”.”

source: ABC News via Teslarati

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5 responses to "Tesla Powerpack Helps Provide Clean, Safe Drinking Water In Australia – Video"

  1. Get Real says:

    Welcome to the revolution.

    The faster this accelerates the better off we will all be.

  2. Don Zenga says:

    By placing panels on rooftops, they save some land area besides providing direct power for the facility.

    And the power-pack providing the backup is excellent combo. Night time electricity which is cheaper can be used to charge the power-pack.

    1. Benedictus says:

      There is no cheap night time electricity at an off grid facility.

      1. trackdaze says:

        Much cheaper than bulldozing a powerline up a mountain apparently.

  3. arne-nl says:

    300 solar panels for, say, $ 200 a piece is about $ 60 k, add in another 40 k for the powerpack, double that for inverter, cabling, installation and you’re looking at a cost of 200k USD or roughly 250 k AUD vs 1.9 million for a grid connection. Quite a no-brainer.

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