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Tesla and BP test battery storage at US wind farm

Release date: 11 April 2018

A Tesla high-storage battery is set to be installed at one of BP’s wind farms later this year, in a pilot programme aimed at testing how effectively wind energy can be stored and then used
Wind turbines at BP Wind Energy Titan 1 wind farm in South Dakota

Lessons from the project, at the Titan 1 Wind Farm in South Dakota will enable BP to make better informed decisions when evaluating and developing battery applications in the future.

In a BP first, the 212kW/840kWhr battery will be integrated with the wind farm and configured to help manage internal electricity demands of turbines when wind isn’t blowing. By doing so, it will enable the wind farm to store electricity when the site is generating it, and then have that electricity available to be consumed whenever needed.

 

Titan 1 Wind Farm has 10 turbines with the capacity to generate 25 MW of wind energy – enough to power about 6,700 average homes annually.

 

The project also supports BP’s broader strategy to invest half a billion dollars annually into low-carbon technologies, including projects within its established renewables portfolio as well as in new low-carbon businesses. 

 

Lessons for the future

 

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. “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.
Laura FolseChief executive of BP Wind Energy

 

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