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Tesla battery saves coal-powered plant from frequency dip

Tesla has saved an Australian based coal-powered plant from dropping in frequency with the Tesla battery

By Jak Connor on Dec 22, 2017 02:11 am CST - 1 min, 12 secs reading time

Tesla has stepped up to the plate by saving the Loy Yang Power Station that recently experienced a 560 MW drop on December 14th, this drop in MW has caused a dip in the frequency from 50Mz to 49.80Hz.


The Tesla Powerpack is currently connected to Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown about three hours drive out of Adelaide, South Australia. The Powerpack has a massive capacity of 100MW and to save the coal-powered mining station the Powerpack supplied 7.3MW from to Loy Yang which is a massive distance of 620 miles away located near the border of Victoria (1000 kms).

The best bit about this is the fact that a Wind Farm which naturally generates energy not only just saved a coal-powered power plant from a frequency drop, but it also beat the back-up unit which is contracted to provide power within a very short 6 seconds of a frequency drop. Tesla didn't even give them a chance, by the time they went to back up the power plant the problem was already fixed.

"One of the significant advantages that the Tesla/Neoen battery has over traditional conventional fossil fuelled generators is its incredible speed and flexibility," South Australan Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said to Mashable.

"In fact, the battery recently demonstrated that in an emergency it could increase its output from zero to 100MW in 0.14 seconds."

Jak Connor


Jaks love for technology and more specifically PC gaming began at 10 years old, it was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on a old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of the typical FPS PC gamer, Jak enjoys the likes of a solid MMO, RPG, or a single-player linear story. More importantly, though, he holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.


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