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University of Queensland’s Tesla battery spending for itself


University of Queensland's Tesla battery spending for itself

May 19, 2020 06:59 PM ET

  1. The University of Queensland has actually launched an efficiency record on the Tesla Powerpack it set up in December 2019. Throughout a variety of profits streams, the Powerpack is currently making the university some major cash money.

University of Queensland's Tesla battery spending for itself

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In December 2019, the University of Queensland (UQ) turned the turn on among the state’s biggest behind-the-meter battery storage space systems– a 1.1 MW/2.15 MWh Tesla Powerpack.

Today, it launched “The service instance for behind-the-meter power storage space,” a record on the first-quarter efficiency of its Tesla battery. The university, which moneyed the Powerpack with the sale of renewable resource certifications produced by its 6.3 MW behind-the-meter solar PV profile, really hoped that the power storage space system would certainly minimize the university’s month-to-month peak need fees.

It is reasonable to claim its hopes have actually currently been recognized. The Powerpack decreased the university’s peak need fees, as well as in the initial 3 months of this year, it in fact supplied AU$ 74,000 (US$ 48,300) in earnings.

Profits chauffeur

The university’s Powerpack has actually provided income throughout numerous primary solutions.

Grid regularity

The university partnered its Powerpack with Enel X, where it is paid to maintain its battery on standby, so it’s prepared to react quickly to abrupt grid regularity concerns. The National Electricity Market’s (NEM) Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS) after that pays the university for its storage space.

The university has actually determined its Powerpack throughout appointing examinations to have a reaction time of 200 nanoseconds in between no to complete discharge, and also 400 nanoseconds from complete charge to release. When it is under prompt stress, this capacity makes it extremely beneficial to the NEM.

FCAS surpassed the university’s projection by an astonishing 54%– a result that is being put down to extraordinary stress on the NEM prompted by the previous summertime’s bushfires, tornado occasions, and also various other concerns encountering Australia’s obsolete grid.

Digital cap

A digital cap agreement (VCC) is a type of economic insurance coverage on the wholesale electrical energy place market. To handle danger in an unstable market cap, agreements are provided for a costs, and also a payment is offered if the marketplace’s rates surpass that cap. Generally, in the NEM, the limit is AU$ 300/MWh. When the cost goes beyond the limit, the university’s Powerpack is able to release power.

Consider that the very first quarter was the very first actual trip for the Powerpack, it has actually executed astonishingly well. Nevertheless, the university thinks that its efficiency can just boost. Initially, it wishes to establish an efficient control method to optimize arbitrage earnings. Nonetheless, this depends upon the Australian Energy Market Operator generating far better pre-dispatch rate projections.

The university additionally thinks it can improve its FCAS as well as online cap profits. Certainly, its economic modeling approximates that the battery might offer a monetary return of AU$ 245,000 annually in a brief duration, as well as spend for itself within 8 years. The anticipated life time of the battery is 15 years.





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