British Petroleum (BP) is set to trial Battery Storage systems at one of its US wind farms as part of a pilot project designed to provide “valuable insights” for a possible wider deployment initiative. Tesla will build and supply the energy storage facility to be installed at BP’s Titan 1 wind energy power plant in South Dakota, US. The 25MW wind farm, which is relatively small by British standards, will top up the stored electricity in a Tesla battery with an energy capacity of 840 kilowatt hours capable of producing 212 kilowatts of power.
BP has over 13 wind farms in the US with a total capacity of around 2.26GW, making it one of the largest renewable energy businesses of any major oil and gas group. BP stated,
“Lessons from the project will enable BP to make better informed decisions when evaluating and developing battery applications in the future. 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.”
Laura Folse, chief executive at BP Wind Energy, said the project stood to provide the company with “valuable insights” as it pursued battery storage opportunities across its portfolio. Tesla will supply the 212 kilowatt (KW)/840 kilowatt hour battery at BP’s Titan 1 windfarm in South Dakota in the second half of this year. It operates 12 other windfarms in the United States. She further said,
“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.”
Dev Sanyal, BP’s alternative energy boss, said,
“As a global energy business, BP is committed to addressing the dual challenge of meeting society’s need for more energy, while at the same time working to reduce carbon emissions. Projects like this one will be key in helping us get there and in playing our role in the global energy transition.”
BP estimates renewables could account for around 10 percent of global energy demand by 2035, up from 4 percent currently.
Source: Reuters, London