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A Megabattery Boom Is Coming to Rescue Overloaded Power Grids

Jan. 22, 2021, 5:01 AM

The world’s overloaded power grids are on the cusp of a megabattery boom. California, keen to avoid last year’s blackouts, could add more than 2 gigawatts of energy storage, including from batteries, by summer. The frenzied rush to claim the title of “biggest battery” started in 2017, when Tesla Inc. and French renewable energy company Neoen SA installed the first 100-megawatt lithium-ion storage project in Australia. As systems get bigger, they can store and dispatch more energy. That’s seen the titleholder changing frequently—leading to Vistra Corp.’s 300MW Moss Landing project in California claiming the current top spot.

Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility, Monterey County, Calif.
Courtesy: Vistra Energy

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