Fire breaks out in Tesla Megapack in Australian battery park

A fire has broken out at the Big Battery battery park in the Australian state of Victoria. According to the manager, the fire started during a test phase in a Tesla Megapack battery of 3 megawatt hours. The exact cause of the fire is not yet clear.

According to Victorian Big Battery , the fire started during a test phase on the site. When the fire broke out, the site was disconnected from the power grid. According to grid operator Neoen, the incident will therefore have no impact on the rest of the electricity grid of the southeastern state of Victoria.

Local emergency services say no one was injured. Local residents were advised to stay indoors and to keep windows and doors closed to minimize the harmful effects of the smoke plume.

The Victorian Big Battery-site runs as the administrator 210 Tesla Mega Pack batteries of 3 MWh of electricity stored in the local supply grid at times when renewable energy sources produce too little energy. The total capacity of the Victorian Big Battery battery park is 450 megawatt hours.