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Tesla Batteries in DFW, Oncor Micro-Grid

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by jaysquyres, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. jaysquyres

    jaysquyres Member

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    I got a sneak peak of the Tesla Batteries being used in Oncor's Micro-Grid. Oncor's Environmental Lab isn't open yet in Lancaster, but I was there today. I needed a charge, so I hooked up hoping the juice was on. It was.
    Oncor EV Charging.jpg

    I was looking at their Solar array, Ground Mounts, and electrical connections - when the electrician came out and spoke with me.
    Oncor Solar.jpg
    He said he thinks I was the first to use these chargers, and asked if I wanted to see the Tesla batteries. I said of course!!!
    Tesla Battery2.jpg
    Tesla Battery1.jpg
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    He explained this Environmental Lab is going to be really cool, and he thinks they will have tours. I said I was interested, so he gave me a tour while they were painting the inside (How lucky am I?) He first showed me the Solar (Phase 2,) which I explained I knew plenty about; so then he showed me the Turbine (Phase 1.) This thing sounds exactly like a jet Turbine,because it is! This Micro-Grid needs 480 volts:

    Turbine.jpg
    He then explained there are 3 banks of Tesla Batteries (Phase 3,) which also are connected at 480 volts. I remember the last NTREG meeting how the speaker from ONCOR described the Micro-Grid coming into operation, but seeing it firsthand makes more sense. They are converting their whole operation in Lancaster to this Micro-Grid, which involves dividing the property into 3 sections. Here is the control room:
    Micro Grid.jpg

    ...where the Turbine, Solar, Tesla batteries come into the building:
    Connections.jpg
    and connect inside. Even in Rain, the Solar is producing 2k:
    PV 2amp.jpg
    Looking at the rest of the property puts things into perspective. This place is HUGE. Dozens of buildings. Here is their mobile command facility:
    Oncor Mobile Command.jpg
    and acres & acres of transformers:
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    So maybe this is the first seeing of Tesla Batteries in TX.
     
  2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Well-Known Member

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    Very interesting!

    JB Straubel worked for Rosen which developed technology used by Capstone.
     
  3. Gerardf

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    Thanks for sharing, very interesting indeed !
     
  4. jaysquyres

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