Fossil fuel companies are seeing the writing on the wall and investing their profits from burning oil into renewable energy. British oil giant BP’s wind energy is a good example of that and it is now combining a wind farm with its first Tesla Powerpack project.
The project was first announced in April.
It involves a 212 kW/ 840 kWh energy storage capacity (~4 Powerpacks) at BP’s Titan 1 Wind Energy site in South Dakota.
Today, the company announced that the system has been installed and it’s a first for BP.
Dev Sanyal, chief executive of BP’s global alternative energy business, said that they’re using the project to learn about the integration of energy storage and evaluate future deployment:
“As renewables form a bigger part of the energy mix, storage systems like this one will become increasingly important. This project will help us develop new business models around the integration of renewables, battery storage and other forms of energy – and it underscores our commitment to being a part of the transition to a lower-carbon future.”
Laura Folse, chief executive of BP Wind Energy, added:
“Battery storage solutions are a proven proposition for storing energy and balancing out the intermittent and variable output of renewable energy sources. Insights from this project will enable BP to make better-informed decisions when evaluating and developing battery applications in the future, as well as help us to create a wind energy business that is sustainable for the long-term.”
BP operates 12 more wind farms in the US with a total capacity of over 2 GW and therefore, the company has plenty of potential for more energy storage.
The project is one of many new energy storage deployments for Tesla Energy.
Earlier this year, the company reached a total deployment of over 1 GWh and Tesla plans to achieve the next GWh very quickly through both small projects like this one, but also much larger ones like the recently announced 730 MWh project with PG&E.