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Tesla Megapack Scores Massive $275M UK Battery Deal for Offshore Wind Farm

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In a move that solidifies Tesla’s position as a leader in the energy storage arena, the electric vehicle and clean energy giant has secured a monumental contract worth a staggering $275 million to provide a Megapack battery energy storage system for the Hornsea 3 Offshore Wind Farm in Swardeston, UK.

This groundbreaking deal, inked with Danish energy firm Ørsted, will see Tesla install a colossal 600MWh battery system on the same site as the onshore converter station for the Hornsea 3 project. To put the sheer scale of this system into perspective, its capacity is equivalent to the daily energy consumption of a whopping 80,000 UK households.

Tesla Megapack battery primary function? Playing a pivotal role in balancing the grid as more volatile renewable energy sources, particularly the region’s abundant offshore wind power, come online. By storing excess energy during periods of low demand and releasing it back into the grid when consumption peaks, the system will not only ensure a more reliable and consistent energy supply but also help mitigate price volatility for consumers.

Duncan Clark, the head of UK & Ireland at Ørsted, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “Our 12 operational UK offshore wind farms are providing a huge amount of clean energy to the grid. The battery will help ensure that renewable energy is used in the best possible way by storing it when demand is lower and then releasing it back into the system when it’s really needed, thereby maximising the potential of renewable energy whilst providing increased energy security and value to consumers.”

Ørsted’s investment in grid-balancing technologies like energy storage systems is a strategic move aimed at providing complementary services and revenue streams, while simultaneously supporting the UK’s ambitious deployment of renewable energy sources.

The Danish firm’s commitment to sustainable energy solutions is further underscored by its growing portfolio of storage projects across the UK and the US. With a total of 660MW (1,850MWh) of storage projects already operational or under construction, and an additional pipeline of over 2GW in development, Ørsted is positioning itself as a formidable player in the energy storage game.

The Hornsea 3 project, set to be Ørsted’s third gigawatt-scale wind farm in the Hornsea zone, joins the ranks of the already operational Hornsea 1 (1.2GW capacity) and Hornsea 2 (1.3GW capacity). This colossal endeavor, which has been in the works since 2015, is a testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to harnessing the power of renewable energy sources.

As the world increasingly turns its attention to sustainable energy solutions, this monumental deal between Tesla and Ørsted represents a significant milestone in the transition towards a greener, more sustainable future. With the integration of cutting-edge battery technology and the harnessing of the UK’s abundant offshore wind resources, this collaboration promises to set a new standard for energy storage and grid balancing, paving the way for a more reliable and efficient energy landscape.