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Andrew Evers | CNBC
Renewable energy giant Neon plans to replace Tesla megapixels on the Victoria Big Battery in Southeast Australia this week after a fire broke out in a power plant.
Victoria’s security supervisor authorized Neon and Tesla to “re-test Victoria’s big battery” for electricity, gas and pipelines, Neon said in an email Monday.
The Victoria Big Battery is a neon-owned and one of the world’s largest energy storage systems. It is intended to help save homes from extinction and the use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
Neon, based in Paris, built the station with partners, including Tesla Energy and Ouss, in a semicircle UGL. Tesla did not disclose to its suppliers what kind of batteries it used in the project or in the megalopas, which are lithium ion battery-based storage systems.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On July 30, a fire broke out at a battery in Victoria Gelong. Two Tesla megapixels exploded at a 300 MW (450 MW) facility. No injuries were reported, but a fire alarm was issued in the area.
About 150 firefighters from the National Fire Authority and the local Fire Department Victoria have been called in to control the temperature of the two Tesla Megapacas. Flame is not distributed to any megapacks in 210 or higher systems.
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Two days after the blast, firefighters stopped using water until August 1. The facility was reportedly seized on the afternoon of August 2.
The National Fire Authority, WorkSafe Victoria, Energy Safety Victoria and the Environmental Protection Agency have since asked Neoen and Tesla to suspend some work in Geolong to complete parallel investigations.
Neon expects a complete, independent test results – by the Energy Safety Response Team and Fisher Engineering – to be made public in November.
“Incidentally, the cause of the fire may have been caused by a short circuit in two batteries,” he said. “These happened when Megapak was offline in the service mode that removed security guards. In an unexpected turn of events, the fire broke out in a nearby battery compartment.
After analyzing the main reasons, Neon added that Tesla had taken steps to “simplify the steps” and that Tesla was implementing changes to the megapac firmware and controls.
During the Australian summer season, the system must be recharged from September 29 to test the system by starting a battery for commercial use in early December.
Neon and Tesla are being pressured by regulators in Australia to work together in a different location. Last week, the Australian Energy Regulator (AR) sued NON, alleging that another large Tesla battery, the Hornsdale Power Reserve, had failed to provide backup power within four months of 2019.
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