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Published on September 22nd, 2016 | by James Ayre


1st Grid-Scale Tesla Powerpacks In Europe Installed By UK-Based Camborne Energy Storage

September 22nd, 2016 by  

The UK-based energy storage project developer Camborne Energy Storage is the first company in Europe to install a grid-scale Tesla Powerpack system, following a recent installation in Somerset (England), according to an email sent to CleanTechnica.

tesla-powerpackThe new Tesla Powerpack energy storage installation is an accompaniment to a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) project that’s already located at the site. The new solar PV + battery storage installation reportedly has “the capacity to provide power for over 500 homes.” (This is perhaps not the most useful way of explaining the size of the installation, as some commentators here often point out, but it is important for those who aren’t familiar with industry terminology.)

The installation choice was the result of Camborne execs wanting to demonstrate the ability to contribute to the creation/maintenance of a balanced grid — and, thus, to help pave the way for the firm’s growth ambitions in that area (co-located generation + energy storage systems) in the UK.

The Managing Director of Camborne, Dan Taylor, commented: “the development of Tesla’s first European grid-tied system is an exciting step forward for Camborne and Tesla in terms of our respective storage strategies. This project is another success for storage development in the UK and being co-located with a renewable generation site, should offer significant benefits to all stakeholders.”

Camborne currently has over 100 megawatt-hours (MWh) worth of energy storage projects in planning in the UK.

The new Tesla Powerpack energy storage system located at the Somerset solar PV project was installed by EPC Poweri Services.

More information on Camborne can be found on the company’s website.

Image via Tesla



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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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