TransGrid to use Tesla batteries in Sydney trial


​TransGrid, the NSW transmission monopoly, will install Tesla Powerpack batteries at sites around NSW to help smooth the intermittent supply of wind and solar energy and trial "demand response" – a method of avoiding blackouts and moderating prices.

The first installation of a 250 kilowatt, 500KW/h Powerpack will be at the City of Sydney's Alexandra Canal Works depot in the coming months. Transgrid awarded a contract to Tesla to supply Powerpacks to several sites last year, and plans to use the installation to trial the use of batteries in demand management.

TransGrid chief executive Paul Italiano said demand management deployed at scale would help to relieve stress during peak demand around the Sydney CBD. Demand management could also reduce or defer the capital expenditure on TransGrid's electricity network, ultimately reducing the cost of bills. The batteries are managed remotely and in real time by TransGrid.

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