Within the early hours on Monday, a Tesla Megapack battery caught fireplace at a key California energy storage facility, the state’s largest utility stated in a press release to TechCrunch.
In accordance with PG&E, the utility “turned conscious of a hearth in a single Tesla Megapack at its Elkhorn Battery Storage facility” at round 1:30 AM in Moss Touchdown, which is positioned about 25 miles south of Santa Cruz, in Monterey County. The positioning is residence to a facility that homes 256 Megapacks and is able to storing as much as 730 megawatt-hours of power… when not aflame. Such services underpin the essential transition to renewables by storing clear power to be used when the solar isn’t shining.
On the time this story was printed, the ability was disconnected from the grid as firefighters labored to “cease the unfold of the fireplace and supply a protected space for emergency response personnel.” The fireplace shut down a bit of Freeway 1 and sparked a shelter-in-place advisory from the county’s sheriff’s workplace. The workplace warned close by residents of an “ongoing hazardous supplies incident” at round 9:00 AM, stating: “Please shut your home windows and switch off your air flow programs.”
PG&E stated within the assertion that its security programs “labored as designed when the difficulty was detected” and there have been no onside accidents. The utility added that the incident didn’t result in “electrical outages for patrons at the moment.”
When requested in regards to the scale of the fireplace, a spokesperson for the utility declined to share extra data.
Although not pinned on Tesla, lithium batteries at storage websites in Moss Touchdown have repeatedly caught fireplace in recent times. And final yr, a Tesla Megapack caught fireplace in Geelong, Australia throughout preliminary checks on the Victorian Massive Battery storage web site.