As you may remember, three years ago, Elon Musk, on a dispute, built a 100 MW buffer battery in South Australia in just 100 days (later expanded to 150 MW). In fact, it was a complex for storing and smoothing consumption peaks from wind and solar generators. The experience of operating the “battery” was so good that Tesla signed a contract to build another and even more powerful unit.
The contract with Tesla was again entered into by French company Neoen, which operates a number of generating and distribution facilities in the region. This time there will be no work on a dispute and speed. The construction takes a little over a year. The peak capacity of the new buffer battery will reach 300 MW, and the declared capacity will be 450 MWh. The new battery will be built in Victoria, the neighboring state of South Australia.
By the way, the three-year experience of battery operation has shown that consumers not only cease to be afraid of possible power outages, but also begin to pay less for electricity. Finally, coal-fired power plants in the region experience less demand during peak consumption, which is smoothed out by the battery, and operate in a stable manner. Good for everyone.
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