Nova Scotia Experiments with TESLA Powerpack Batteries


[Draft] While Ontario is dumping $25 billion in its nuclear refurbishment project, Nova Scotia has been taking advantage of its cold winter weather to experiment with its "Intelligent Feeder Project". In partnership with the Ontario-based energy software developer Opus One Solutions, the province is testing the feasibility of incorporating Tesla Powerwall lithium-ion batteries at the micro and macro levels.  The batteries are approximately seven feet high and 30 feet long, and are aligned along a series of familiar wires and cables at the NS Power facilities. The Tesla batteries allow for energy generated by NS Power facility turbines to be stored inside in the Tesla Batteries for use at a later time. Sensors integrated within the grid serve to monitor localized energy activities and are being transmitted to the NS Power facilities for careful analysis. 

Meanwhile, as Ontario is scrapping more than 700 clean energy projects and and Hydro One is thinking of ways to finance its failed $103 million acquisition of Avista, wind power being generated somewhere in Nova Scotia is being transmitted to and stored in a Tesla Powerpack located at a substation in Elmsdale.  This project was made possible thanks to a grant the province received from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

The price of Tesla batteries remains challenging. However, as with any other technology, the trend overtime is usually smaller, more powerful, less expensive, and more accessible. Further considering the federal government's funding program for clean energy initiative that is, the Sustainable Technology Canada Clean Energy Fund, the overall economics and general clean energy efficiency of giant lithium-ion batteries like those tested in "Intelligent Feeder Project" offer great potential for the future.

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