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article imageEnergy giants plan 144 MW offshore wind farm and battery storage

By Karen Graham     Aug 2, 2017 in Technology
In response to Massachusetts’ request for new sources of clean energy, Providence, R.I.-based Deepwater Wind, has unveiled plans for a 144 MW wind project paired with a 40 MWh battery storage system from Tesla.
Deepwater Wind was the company behind Rhode Island's Block Island offshore wind project, the nation's first, that went online in December 2016. Block Island's wind farm has five turbines and a 30 MW wind capacity.
The project will be called Revolution Wind and is a utility-scale 144 MW offshore wind farm that will be paired with a 40 MWh battery storage system provided by Tesla, reports North American Wind Power. According to CEO Jeffrey Grybowski, Revolution Wind would be the “largest combined offshore wind and energy storage project in the world.”
Vineyard Wind is one of three companies bidding on the offshore wind project.
Vineyard Wind is one of three companies bidding on the offshore wind project.
Vineyard Wind
In a press release, Deepwater Wind states the proposal for its Revolution Wind Farm is a "direct response to the Commonwealth's request for new sources of clean energy in Section 83D of the Act to Promote Energy Diversity. Deepwater Wind also provided alternative bids for a larger 288 MW version of Revolution Wind and a smaller 96 MW version."
Revolution Wind would be built in Deepwater Wind's federally leased site off the coast of Massachusetts, about 30 miles from the mainland and 12 miles south of Martha's Vineyard. The new project will be adjacent to the company's South Fork Wind Farm, a 90 MW project serving Long Island.
Deepwater Wind also sweetened the pot in its proposal, saying they believe they can complete the project in one construction season and would be the first company to base construction and operations in New Bedford, creating hundreds of jobs for Massachusetts.
Solar storage batteries made by Tesla in Solar City.
Solar storage batteries made by Tesla in Solar City.
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Tesla battery storage system
Tesla's Powerpack, a larger version of its already popular Powerwall, is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery stationary energy storage product intended for commercial or electric utility grid use and can be used for peak shaving, load shifting, backup power, demand response, microgrids, renewable power integration, frequency regulation, and voltage control.
Tesla's battery storage unit also include projects that would help store and dispatch intermittent wind energy during high peak periods, such as the recent announcement that Tesla was going to build the world’s biggest battery (100MW/129 MWh) in South Australia.
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