We recently reported on drone footage that showed huge expansion is likely to be on the cards at the Tesla Fremont facility, and now, the EV company has just received approval for a huge battery energy storage system (BESS) project at the Texas Gigafactory.
According to filings, the City of Austin approved the project on the 9th August. There is currently no set capacity by it is shown as being 53.27 acres, in the reports.
The BESS project will use the Tesla Megapack which is the electric car makers commercial battery. Megapacks are used in numerous applications all over the World and are able to store 3 MWh of energy so is sufficient to provide enough to power 3,600 homes for one hour, on average.
Elon Musk’s company put the filing in for the BESS project on 25th March, naming it “Giga Texas LCRA Permanent Swithyard & Bess”.
Deliveries began at Gigafactory Texas back in April and Tesla plans to bring many of it’s future projects to the Texas plant, including the long-waited Cybertruck, as when it is producing vehicles at its full capacity, it is set to be able to build between 500,000 and 1 million vehicles.
The BESS project is said to help with unpredictable situations such as harsh weather conditions. Tesla has experienced issues relating to this before, with the extreme weather disrupting the production line.
As well as the BESS project, Tesla filed to get permission to build on a 68.11 acre plot of land to expand on the current Texas Gigafactory. They claim this extra space would be for “industrial use facilities with associated improvements”.