Tesla plugs first en­ergy plant into UK grid

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Front Page - By Ed Clowes

TESLA has equipped a new en­ergy storage plant in Dorset, ca­pa­ble of pow­er­ing 17,000 homes, in the firm’s first ma­jor foray into the UK power sec­tor.

The car maker is sup­ply­ing its Me­ga­pack high-ca­pac­ity bat­ter­ies, and Auto- bid­der con­trol soft­ware, to Bri­tish busi­ness Har­mony En­ergy and Span­ish com­pany FRV for a site in Poole which will store elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated by wind and re­lease it to the grid when needed.

It is the first time ei­ther tech­nol­ogy has been used in the UK, in­dus­try sources say. Tesla de­clined to com­ment. Ear­lier this year, the com­pany took its first step to­wards be­com­ing an en­ergy provider in Bri­tain by ap­ply­ing to reg­u­la­tor Ofgem for a li­cence to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity. The ap­pli­ca­tion did not make clear why Tesla had ap­plied. Tesla’s sys­tems – con- nected to the South­ern Elec­tric Power dis­tri­bu­tion net­work – will form the back­bone of Har­mony’s bat­tery storage site in Poole. The Cal­i­for­nia-based com­pany’s lithium-ion bat­ter­ies will pro­vide a com­bined ca­pac­ity of 15 megawatts to Dorset and its sur­round­ing ar­eas, stor­ing en­ergy and pro­vid­ing flex­i­bil­ity to the grid.

Ex­perts pre­dict that such large-scale bat­ter­ies will be es­sen­tial in the fu­ture to man­age power de­mand as fos­sil fu­els are phased out. Har­mony hopes to build sev­eral more bat­tery en­ergy storage plants in the UK.

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