Tesla creates in South Australia the largest “virtual power station” in the world
Last year, after a series of blackouts in South Australia in 2016, Tesla was entrusted with building the largest energy storage facility in the world. It is formed from a variety of Powerpacks modules and can not only accumulate electricity, but also very quickly return it to the network. A month after the launch of the system, an involuntary experiment occurred – an accident at a coal plant – and 100 MW were transferred to the grid for 140 milliseconds. Against the 10-15 minutes required to run powerful generators.
Inspired by success, Tesla managers lobbied for the implementation of the next project in the region – a “virtual power station”. It will consist of 50,000 privately owned complexes that will generate and transfer energy for storage in an arbitrary order. This system does not have a clear structure and work schedule, it flexibly adapts to different conditions.
Tesla will give free of charge to everyone who wants to take part in a set of solar panels with a capacity of 5 kW and Power Power 2 batteries. Households will not be able to dispose of the energy they have generated and they will still have to pay for consumed electricity. But 30% less, and if the object is cut off from the municipal power grid, the Powerwall battery will automatically close this gap due to accumulated reserves.
The total capacity of the “virtual power station” according to Tesla’s plans will be up to 250 MW. The South Australian authorities have already approved the installation of 11,000 households with solar panels and their connection to a common network. At the second stage, another 24,000 objects will be added, and if there are no problems, the service will be available to all residents of the region.