Hornsdale Power Reserve: helping to prevent blackouts in … Melbourne?

Coal powered electricity networks never used battery backup. They had spare capacity that covered breakdowns as does any factory.

Trust, yet verify

After writing previous post, I wondered how much impact the Tesla battery of the Hornsdale Power Reserve actually has on the South Australia grid. Just looking at the numbers (the battery has a capacity of 100 MW and can deliver 129 MWh), I expected it to be rather insignificant. In the meanwhile, I came across a heated discussion on a reblog of previous post on the blog “Utopia, you are standing in it!“. That post was about the Tesla battery of the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia. The discussion started with the comment that South Australia is a net exporter and after the question how long the Tesla battery would last, this suprising claim was made:

Long enough to stop potential blackouts in Melbourne because of the unreliability of their coal fired power stations! […]

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  1. nottrampis
    Mar 22, 2020 @ 17:46:37

    The Telsa battery is in SA. It helped obviate a v blackout some three years ago but that was one init breaking down. It could not two years ago because three units are way too much even with help elsewhere.

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  2. Jim Rose
    Mar 23, 2020 @ 02:05:31

    For how long can the Tesla battery power South Australia?

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    • nottrampis
      Mar 23, 2020 @ 10:11:39

      It is part of the whole system. you know the one that had no trouble at all when the interconnector could help out SA recently

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