Vestas confirms Tesla joint project

DENMARK: Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has confirmed it is working with electric vehicle specialist Tesla on energy storage solutions.

Tesla and Vestas are working together on wind-storage solutions
Tesla and Vestas are working together on wind-storage solutions

Vestas said in March it was looking to increase its involvement in integrating wind and storage solutions and has been working on a number of small-scale projects over recent years. 

Notably, it installed a battery system at its Lem Kjaer site in Denmark and also has hybrid wind-solar or wind-solar-storage projects in Greece and Kenya, respectively. 

"Across a number of projects, Vestas is working with different energy storage technologies with specialised companies, including Tesla, to explore and test how wind turbines and energy storage can work together in sustainable energy solutions that can lower the cost of energy," a spokesman for the Danish firm said.

"Starting in 2012 with a project in Lem-Kjaer, Vestas is, through a number of pilot projects, exploring the integration of wind energy with energy storage and plans to commission additional projects across the globe in the future," the spokesman added. 

At a technology seminar in June, Vestas said it planned to developer commerical pilot projects for wind-solar or wind-storage projects next year, with a potential product offering in 2019. 

Tesla, renowned for making electric vehicles also offers electricity storage solutions for commercial and residential deployment. 

In July, the firm was awarded the contract to supply a 100MW/129MWh battery storage system to the Hornsdale Wind complex in South Australia after its CEO, mogul Elon Musk, offered to fix the state's power system in 100 days or do it for free following a series of blackouts. 

Last month, US developer Deepwater Wind also unveiled plans to install a 144MW offshore wind project off the Massachusetts coast, combined with a 40MWh Tesla battery system.

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