A 13-ton Tesla Megapack caught fire on Friday morning at a battery warehouse in Southeast Australia. The blaze occurred during testing at 10 -10.15 local time, according to Victorian large battery. The regional fire department said a special fire brigade was sent to the scene in Geelong, Victoria. According to the data Victoria Fire Department.
The place was evacuated and no one was injured, the Victorian Big Battery said in a statement. It was added that the place was disconnected from the electricity network and that there would be no impact on the electricity supply. The French energy company Neoen, which manages the plant, and the contractor Tesla are cooperating with emergency services to resolve the situation.
As a result of the fire, a warning of poisonous smoke was issued in the nearby areas of Batesford, Bell Post Hill, Lovely Banks and Moorabool Sydney Morning Herald. Residents have been warned to move indoors, close windows, vents and smoke ducts, and bring their pets inside.
The Victorian Big Battery site, a 300 MW / 450 MWh battery depot, is considered key to the Victorian government’s goal of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. This follows the success of Neoen and Tesla’s 100 MW / 129 MWh battery farm in Hornsdale, South Australia, which was completed before schedule and it resulted multimillion savings for market players and consumers. Both locations basically provide regional reserve energy when renewable energy is not available, effectively filling the gap when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing.
In February, Neoen announced that the large Victorian battery would take advantage of Tesla’s megapackages — useful-sized batteries manufactured at the company’s Gigafactory — and Autobidder software to sell electricity to the grid. Victorian Big Battery has a contract with the Australian energy market operator (AEMO). As part of the pact, the site will ensure energy stability by unlocking an additional 250 MW of peak capacity at the existing Victoria-New South Wales interconnector over the next decade of Australian summers.
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