The state’s largest utility said in a statement to TechCrunch that a Tesla Megapack battery caught fire at a key power storage facility in California early Monday morning.
According to PG&E, the utility was “aware of a fire at a Tesla Megapack at its Elkhorn battery storage facility at Moss Landing, about 25 miles south of Santa Cruz in Monterey County, at about 1:30 a.m.”.The site is home to a facility that holds 256 Megapacks and is capable of storing up to 730 MWh of energy…when not on fire. Such facilities lay the groundwork for a critical transition to renewable energy by storing clean energy for use when sunlight is not available.
At the time of this report, the facility was disconnected from the grid as firefighters worked to “stop the spread of the fire and provide a safe area for emergency responders.”fire Section of Highway 1 closed and triggered Shelter-in-place consultation From the County Sheriff’s Office. The office warned nearby residents of an “ongoing hazardous materials incident” around 9:00 a.m., noting: “Please close windows and turn off ventilation systems.”
PG&E said in a statement that its safety systems “worked as designed when a problem was detected” and that no one was injured. The utility added that the incident did not result in “current customer outages.”
A spokesman for the utility declined to share more information when asked about the size of the fire.
While not affixed to the Tesla, the lithium batteries at the Moss Landing storage site have been repeated fire Last few years. Last year, the Tesla Megapack Fire in Geelong, Australia during initial testing big victorian battery storage site.