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Grid-scale Battery: The Tesla System in Australia

by gmoke Tue Jun 18th, 2019 at 07:09:09 PM EST

Remember when Elon Musk offered to build a grid-scale battery for Southern Australia in "100 days or it's free"?  He made good on his bet, installing it on time for the cost of $66 million in December of 2017.  

According to a report on its first year of operation, the Hornsdale Power Reserve (HPR), owned and operated by Neon,  the world's largest lithium-ion battery energy storage system, with a discharge capacity of 100 MW and energy storage capacity of 129 MWh, located near Jamestown, South Australia, sharing the same 275 kV network connection point as the 300 MW Hornsdale wind farm, saved $40 million in its first year.

HPR is three times larger than any other lithium ion battery.  It provides high-quality, rapid and precise Regulation of Frequency Control Ancillary Services [FCAS] with Fast Frequency Response [FFR], faster than existing large steam turbines which take minutes to ramp up.

"It can rapidly discharge and charge over fractions of a second to support the safe and stable operation of the grid when it's under threat, or when something unexpected happens elsewhere, not just in the State but in the National Electricity Market."

"HPR's FFR capability was proven in a major system security event on 25 August 2018 (detailed in case study) where HPR operated as required, accurately dispatching energy to support the network through both high and low frequency periods."

The HBR project began after a state-wide blackout in 2016 when the South Australian government solicited bids.  Tesla was chosen out of 90 other competing companies.

Tesla explained the system's capabilities, saying, "It will help solve power outages, reduce intermittencies and manage summertime peak load to support the reliability of South Australia's electrical infrastructure, providing enough power for more than 30,000 homes--approximately equal to the amount of homes that lost power during the blackout period last year."

Tesla also says it will recycle the batteries after their 15 year lifetime, planning to  recover up to 60% of the materials.

South Australia has gone from less than 1% renewables in the early 2000s to 48.9% in 2016/17 and is expected to rise to 73% by 2020/21, perhaps the fastest renewable growth rate in the world.  Australia's electricity sector alone is on track to deliver the country's  entire Paris emissions reduction targets by 2025 instead of 2030, five years early.  

"Remarkably, the net cost is zero because expensive fossil fuels are being replaced by cheaper renewables."

Sources:  https:/www.sciencealert.com/remember-the-giant-tesla-battery-in-australia-it-just-marked-its-first- year




https:/www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/01/a-giant-tesla-battery-in-australia-has-saved-40-million-in-i ts-first-year-2

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I remember this announcement First Wind, Solar, Battery Utility Scale Energy Installation: Kennedy Energy Park. I gather, generation goes online end of this year.

Inexplicably, the city/town of Collinsville --also in Queensland-- is soliciting capital to construct a new coal-fired plant.
Billion-dollar Indigenous-led power station to revive struggling Queensland coal town

the Collinsville project would be the first high efficient low emission ultra supercritical coal-fired power plant in the country.
"We're actually looking at developing this as an energy park, so we are looking at building a solar PV farm that goes towards the energy so we use it as auxiliary power," Mr Dodd said.

The construction would coincide with the closure of New South Wales Liddel Thermal Power Plant in 2022 and would enable North Queensland to address the gap the plant would leave in baseload power supply.

How many more counterproductive investments in 50%/2030 renewable energy like that are hiding in Australia?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2019 at 07:50:46 PM EST
AGL Macquarie Power Stations
of which Liddell + mining ops. Assets are scheduled for closure and rehabilitation by 2050.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2019 at 08:11:32 PM EST
Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage
APS has assembled a team of engineers, safety experts and first responders to work with the utility, battery-maker Fluence and others to carefully remove and inspect the 378 modules that comprise the McMicken battery system and figure out what happened.

APS installed the 2 megawatt battery systems at a substation in Surprise, outside Phoenix, in 2017 and another near the Festival Ranch development in nearby Buckeye. ...Those batteries are tiny in comparison to the 850 megawatts that APS has pledged to build by 2025. Energy storage, and batteries in particular, are projected to take off as renewable energy prices come down ...

At times, California produces so much solar energy that its utilities pay APS to take it off the grid. New solar farms are planned in Arizona and elsewhere in the West. Storing energy allows utilities to better manage peaks and valleys.

"Absent battery storage, the whole value proposition of intermittent renewable energy makes no sense at all," said Donald Sadoway, a battery researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of battery storage company Ambri. "People just don't understand that the battery will do for electricity what refrigeration did to our food supply."


Pinnacle West Capital Corp: investor-owned APS p/s, press releases

archived industrial espionage
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from the world's leading superpower

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jun 23rd, 2019 at 05:35:26 PM EST
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jun 23rd, 2019 at 11:09:19 PM EST
It seems that the invention is about compressing more lithium in the same volume, thus having higher energy density?

I believe the optimal energy storage will consist of batteries, flywheels and lifted mass (be it water or solid). Yes, there will be loss of perhaps 10%, but if will store a lot energy relative cheaply (and without rare-earth metals or nanotech) while being able to react in milliseconds.

by pelgus on Mon Jun 24th, 2019 at 11:08:56 AM EST
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Having a few million electric vehicles with nanotech batteries on the road and plugged into the grid will also serve as a massive grid battery while having more immediate propulsion functionality and very little inefficiency...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jun 24th, 2019 at 11:47:17 AM EST
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They are considering using silicon instead of Lithium in commercial applications which should make them cheaper and safer...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jun 24th, 2019 at 12:39:08 PM EST
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