Mar 10, 2020
By storing power up to its capacity of 100 MW, this “battery” can absorb brief blips in the grid surrounding it, reducing outages for residents and easing the burden on businesses or facilities that lose money, product, and more during those outages. It could also reduce the amount of fossil fuel burned to power backup generators.
10th June, 2022
The Hornsdale Power Reserve is the world’s first big battery. It provides essential grid-support services. The first 100MW/129MWh was completed in November 2017.Following this success, a 50MW/64.5MWh expansion was completed in September 2020. As part of the expansion the full 150MW is being upgraded to include Tesla’s Virtual Machine Mode, enabling the battery to provide inertia support services to the electricity grid.
2 Sep, 2020
A 50 per cent expansion of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia is now fully operational, increasing its potential output by 50 megawatts.After weeks of testing, the Tesla battery at Hornsdale, near Jamestown in the state’s mid-north, is now capable of delivering 150 megawatts
1 Dec, 2018
But not every aspect of Tesla’s big battery earns a big tick. The battery’s own credentials aren’t particularly “green”, and by making people feel good about the energy they consume over summer, it arguably sustains an unhealthy appetite for energy consumption.
The problem of lithium-ion batteries
The Hornsdale Power Reserve is made up of hundreds of Tesla Powerpacks, each containing 16 “battery pods” similar to the ones in Tesla’s Model S vehicle. Each battery pod houses thousands of small lithium-ion cells – the same ones that you might find in a hand-held device like a torch. The growing demand for lithium-ion batteries has a range of environmental impacts. Not least of these is the issue of how best to recycle them, which presents significant opportunities and challenges.
Sep 23, 2021
Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has filed a lawsuit against Neoen SA (NEOEN.PA), saying the French firm’s Tesla “Big Battery” in South Australia did not provide backup power during four months in 2019 for which it had received payment.
23 Sep, 2021
South Australia’s big Tesla battery is being sued for allegedly failing to live up to its promises to help rescue the power grid in the event of catastrophe.
- The Hornsdale battery was built to provide more stability to the electricity grid
- The energy market regulator says it failed to help during a Queensland coal plant failure in 2019
- It says generators need to follow through with promised services
The 150-megawatt battery was being paid to be on standby to pump energy into the grid at short notice in order to arrest a system failure in the event of a major power plant or transmission failure.
But the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) alleges it did not deliver as promised during a major Queensland coal plant failure in 2019, “creating a risk to power system security and stability”.
April 9, 2022
In September 2021, not long after a fire at the Victorian Big Battery made international headlines, Neoen’s original “Big Battery” – the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia – was sued by the Australian Energy Regulator for failing to provide all of the frequency control ancillary services it had agreed to offer. The case is now before Australia’s Federal Court, where the judgement could set an important precedent for network operations in Australia, as well as the transition to large-scale batteries.
April 20, 2022
When they’re not bursting into toxic fireballs, the contribution made by giant lithium-ion batteries remains utterly trivial. They are, after all, electricity storage devices and don’t add a lick to electricity generation capacity, anywhere. The cost of battery storage, at scale, is out of all proportion to the benefits returned and we wouldn’t be having this discussion were it not for the hopeless intermittency of wind and solar. No one talked about electricity storage when we allowed nuclear, coal-fired and gas-fired plants to deliver power, 24 x 7, whatever the weather.
And The COAL, GAS, vrs SOLAR, WIND Question
And the Latest Energy Crisis
Just for the record: South Australia Power 2022
Plus an email excerpt from a ConspiracyOz listener in March 2020 about charging Mobiles with Solar – Mick Raven
Hey Great episode 409 🙂 Digging deep – really really good. Just quickly, you can buy solar charging stations for $20 at the Reject shop – you can plug in USB cables for your phone and computer. I leave mine on the window sill its always charged and ready to go for those unexpected ‘blackouts’. – Lyn B March 2020