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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Tesla’s battery caught fire at an energy storage center in California, United States

A Tesla Megapack battery caught fire at PG&E’s massive battery storage facility in Monterey County, California, early Wednesday. The fire was completely brought under control late in the evening and its cause is being investigated.

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A fire has broken out at a battery energy storage facility with an 182.5 MW Tesla MegaPack system, where at least one battery unit caught fire. The facility is operated by PG&E Power Company and is located in Monterey County, California, United States.

“There were no injuries to facility personnel as a result of this incident, and there is no power outage for customers at this time,” PG&E communications and operations manager Jeff Smith told the Associated Press. PV Magazine,

The fire started last Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time and was completely brought under control by North Country Fire Department firefighters by 7 p.m. the same day. California Highway 1 was closed due to the fire.

After firefighters secured the area and reopened the roads, the county sheriff’s office removed its shelter-in-place notices given to residents for twelve hours. Residents were asked to close all windows and shut off ventilation systems because of the hazardous material released by the lithium-ion battery fire.

The county office warned via Twitter that there could be several days of smoke in the area, despite the fire being completely under control.

According to local media reports, firefighters let the initial megapack burn and worked to prevent the flames from spreading to adjacent batteries and massive system structures, per PG&E and Tesla recommended protocols for firefighters. The cause of the fire is still unknown and PG&E and Tesla will conduct a joint investigation.

“The facility’s security systems worked as intended and automatically disconnected the battery from the electrical grid,” Smith said. According to preliminary information shared by PG&E, damage to battery property is expected to exceed $50,000.

The California facility is home to one of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery energy storage systems. Last year, a Tesla Megapack also caught fire at Victorian Big Battery in Murbool, Australia.

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