July 31, 2021 04:07 GMT
The firefighters were limited to ensuring that the fire did not pass to other batteries in the complex.
One of the Tesla Megapack batteries, which make up the Victorian Big Battery energy storage system near Melbourne, caught fire on Friday.
According to Reuters, referring to the authorities, the fire started during testing of the project, which is being built by the French company Neoen.
No one was injured by the fire: the facility was evacuated and the battery disconnected from the network. According to Neoen CEO Louis de Sambucy, “there will be no impact on energy supply.”
More than 150 firefighters responded to the fire, however, their activity was limited to ensuring that the fire did not pass to other batteries in the complex.
“If we try to cool them, it only lengthens the process, but we could be here between 8 and 24 hours while we wait for it to burn,” quotes ABC Ian Beswicke, deputy director of Volunteer Firefighters of the state of Victoria.
Designed to produce up to 450 megawatts per hour, the Victorian Big Battery attracted nearly 118 million investments from the local government earlier this year. Each of the Megapacks in the venue weighs 13 tons.
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