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BP buys Tesla battery for US project

UNITED STATES: Tesla will supply a battery for a 25MW wind farm in central South Dakota owned by BP's wind power division.

BP Wind Energy's Titan 1 project comprises ten Liberty 2.5MW C-89 turbines supplied by manufacturer Clipper Windpower
BP Wind Energy's Titan 1 project comprises ten Liberty 2.5MW C-89 turbines supplied by manufacturer Clipper Windpower

The 212kW/840kWh Tesla battery will be installed at the ten-turbine Titan 1 project during the second half of 2018, BP Wind Energy stated.

Titan 1 comprises ten Liberty 2.5MW C-89 turbines supplied by manufacturer Clipper Windpower. It was commissioned in 2009.

The installation of the 212kW/840kWh unit will be BP’s first battery storage project at one of its US wind farms.

The developer expects the battery to "help manage internal electricity demands of turbines" when they are not generating power.

Lessons from the project will inform BP when evaluating and developing battery applications in the future, the energy company added.

"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 BP Wind Energy chief executive Laura Folse.

Tesla has supplied batteries for other wind farms, including the 100MW Hornsdale 2 project in Australia, where it installed a 100MW/129MWh battery system &mdash the world's largest lithium-ion battery.

The US technology company is also supplying a 20MW/34MWh lithium-ion battery for the 194MW Bulgana Green Energy Hub in Victoria, Australia.

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