BP, Tesla team up on US wind farm battery storage project

The Tesla/BP wind farm battery storage pilot project will be at BP's Titan 1 wind farm in South Dakota.  BP photo.

The Tesla/BP wind farm battery storage pilot project will be at BP’s Titan 1 wind farm in South Dakota.  BP photo.

Wind farm battery storage project will use 212kW/840kWhr Tesla battery

BP Wind Energy and Tesla are working together on a pilot project at BP’s Titan 1 wind farm in South Dakota where a high-storage battery unit would be installed to store energy generated at the wind farm.

According to BP, the project is the first of its kind in the company’s US operated wind business and could be a step forward in the performance and reliability of wind energy.

Tesla will supply a 212kW/840kWhr battery to be integrated with the wind farm.  It will be configured to help manage internal electricity demands of the wind farm’s turbines when during calm periods.

This will allow the wind farm to store electricity while the wind is blowing and then have power available for use when needed.

“The battery pilot project at our Titan 1 Wind Farm will provide BP Wind Energy valuable insights as we seek opportunities to use energy storage more effectively across our diverse portfolio,” said Laura Folse, chief executive of BP Wind Energy.

“It’s another way that we’re working to create a wind energy business that is sustainable for the long-term and supporting the broader transition to a low-carbon future.”

The Titan 1 Wind Farm has 10 turbines which can generate up to 25 MW of wind energy.  This is enough to power about 6,700 homes annually.

The project is expected to launch on site in the second half of this year.

According to a company press release, the pilot project will allow “BP to make better informed decisions when evaluating and developing battery applications in the future.”

The BP/Tesla wind farm battery storage project will also support BP’s strategy to invest half a billion dollars annually into low-carbon technologies.  These are projects already established in its renewables portfolio as well as new low-carbon enterprises.

BP says it will focus on five areas: advanced mobility; bio and low-carbon products; carbon management; power and storage; and digital.

“As a global energy business, BP is committed to addressing the dual challenge of meeting society’s need for more energy, while at the same time working to reduce carbon emissions,” said Dev Sanyal, BP CEO of Alternative Energy. “Projects like this one will be key in helping us get there and in playing our role in the global energy transition.”

Renewables are the fastest growing form of energy. They account for around 4 percent of global energy demand today and by 2035 BP estimates that could grow to more than 10 per cent.  This rate of growth has not been seen in recent history.

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