Tesla Megapack caught fire today during the initial testing very expected new efficiency battery Victoria, Australia. Fortunately, there were no injuries or disruptions to the local power supply, CNBC reports. The fire did not pose a risk of spreading to a nearby community Bloomberg, but it triggered a toxic smoke warning to residents who were told to stay indoors Sydney Morning Herald reported. The cause of the fire is still unclear.
The fire aptly affected the named Victorian battery. The area is almost as big as a football stadium and is one of the largest in the world. Its timed is ready by the end of this year, and the 300 MW battery should be able to store enough energy to power more than a million Victorian homes for half an hour.
It should help prevent power outages which have affected hundreds of thousands of homes in the area in recent years, especially in the summer, when electricity demand is growing. Giant batteries are also crucial to achieving environmental and renewable energy goals. The state of Victoria aims to get half of its electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, by 2030. Batteries can fill gaps in power when the sun is not shining and winds are not blowing.
French renewable energy company Neoen is developing a large Victorian battery alongside Tesla and energy company AusNet Services. Neoen and Tesla brought another grid-mounted battery to the grid in 2017, which at the time was the world ‘s largest lithium – ion battery. Neoen did not immediately respond to the request for comment Limit.