It’s one of several large energy storage projects with Tesla batteries in Australia.
Australian media reports that a fire has broken out at Tesla‘s battery energy storage installation – Victorian Big Battery, located next to Moorabool Terminal Station in Geelong near Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.
The site is under construction with target output of 300 MW / 450 MWh. Once completed, it will consist of around 150 Tesla Megapacks (3 MWh each) in December 2021.
As we can see below, at least one of the Tesla Megapacks caught fire, affecting also the units around. As far as we know at the moment, the fire is under control and did not spread to other units. A single Megapack weighs about 13 tons.
The fire erupted during the testing of the system, just a few days after the site was officially registered for operation.
“We can confirm that during initial testing today at approximately 10-10.15am a fire occurred within one of the Tesla Megapacks at the Victorian Big Battery. No-one was injured and the site has been evacuated.”
JUST IN: Fire crews are currently on the scene of a battery fire at Moorabool, near Geelong. Firefighters are working to contain the fire and stop it spreading to the nearby batteries. https://t.co/5zYfOfohG3 #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/HAkFY27JgQ
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) July 30, 2021
The investment belongs to Neoen, which operates also the previous world’s largest Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia – 150 MW / 193.5 MWh after expansion(also equipped with Tesla batteries – but smaller Powerpack units).
A fire of one or two Megapacks and potential damages of other units is not good news, but we believe that it will not affect the whole project. However, Tesla will have to figure out what happened. Currently, the cause of fire remains unknown.
“Neoen and Tesla are working closely with emergency services on site to manage the situation. The site has been disconnected from the grid and there will be no impact to the electricity supply.”
Just a few days ago, on July 28, 2021, Neoen announced the first milestone:
Thrilled to announce Victorian Big Battery is now registered with the Australian Energy Market Operator – just over 200 days since the start of construction ! Thanks to everyone involved ! @AEMO_Media @VicGovAU @LilyDAmbrosioMP @Tesla @AusNetServices @downergroup @UGLPtyLimited pic.twitter.com/OD67kUbjF2
— Neoen Australia (@NEOEN_AU) July 28, 2021