A Tesla high-storage battery has been installed at BP’s Titan 1 Wind Project in Miller, South Dakota, part of a pilot program aimed at testing how effectively wind energy can be stored for later use.
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The company hopes lessons learned from the project 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.
“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,” said Laura Folse, chief executive of BP Wind Energy.