April 11 (Renewables Now) - BP Plc (LON:BP) will deploy Tesla batteries at a 25-MW wind farm in South Dakota under the first energy storage project for its US wind business, the UK oil and gas giant said Tuesday.
Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) will supply the 212 kW/840 kWh energy storage facility under a contract with BP Wind Energy’s subsidiary Rolling Thunder I Power Partners LLC. The system will be linked to the 10-turbine Titan 1 wind park in Hand County and is expected to be launched in the second half of the year.
“The battery pilot project at our Titan 1 Wind Farm will provide BP Wind Energy valuable insights as we seek opportunities to use energy storage more effectively across our diverse portfolio,” said Laura Folse, BP Wind Energy’s CEO.
The implementation of the project aligns with BP’s strategy to invest “half a billion dollars annually” into low-carbon technologies, including projects within its renewables portfolio. Results from it will allow the British company to take better informed decisions for future battery storage projects, it said.
According to BP, renewables are currently the fastest growing form of energy, being responsible for 4% of global demand, with the share seen to exceed 10% by 2035. The UK oil and gas major has 2,259 MW of wind turbine capacity in its US portfolio.