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  • Tesla wins the bid

    We blogged about this back on March 15th;

    The bidding war is over and Tesla won.

    Earlier this year, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared a national energy emergency as parts of the country were under prolonged power outages over the last year due to its unstable grid. South Australia got it worst with a state-wide blackout in September.

    They set out to stabilize their grid by adding a large amount of energy storage and started a bidding process to install over 100 MWh of energy capacity. Tesla CEO Musk made the company’s bid very public and even promised that Tesla could deliver over 100 MWh of energy storage in 100 days or it would be free.

    Today, it was announced that Tesla won the contract.

    Not only that, they increased the capacity of the system. The energy capacity is 29 MWh higher than expected, but the power output is even more impressive. Tesla wrote in a blog post:

    “This week, through a competitive bidding process, Tesla was selected to provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system to be paired with global renewable energy provider Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia. Tesla was awarded the entire energy storage system component of the project.”

    It’s 3 times the power capacity of the next largest system in the world.

    That pretty much sums it up.
    Not sure I have too much more to add.
    Just a matter of waiting now and see how it all works out when the next storm hits.

  • Wind turbines

    A few months back we were sent by Opto to make what we call a ‘case study’ video of a company that uses our gear.
    In this case, the company was in central California and they used it to monitor and control a wind turbine farm.

    The case study is all wrapped up and you can see the results here;


    My role was simply to interview the guy and take what we call B-Roll, that is video footage that gets edited into the interview to support what the guy is saying. I did not video much of it, we had my co-worker (Amy calls him my cell mate) up there with us.
    Paul also edited the video, so if you like what you saw, it was all him…. He is a wizard with the video and photography side of things.

    Anyway, this blog is more to show some of the stuff that we get up to for work, and give a small taste of what our product can be used to do.

    [As an aside, we had to have two goes at getting this video, the first time we went up there was a massive storm and the freeway got shut down by a landslide. We were infact, in the hills above the freeway taking video footage of the storm and the turbines when it happen. Be sure and check out this link to see how bad it was.

    It was a very serious event, thankfully no one was hurt.
    Because we were on the top of the hill that was getting washed away, we had no idea. We were so focused on doing our job of getting video footage to use, that we did not get many shots of us getting the shots.
    Here is a few;
    The storm is just starting to brew in this shot. We packed up and headed up into the hills just after this and that’s when things really got going.

    Here is one of a bus that drove through some action. We took this the next day at a servo.

    Here is a shot that explains really well why we did not know what was happening just below us on the freeway….
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    When you are getting stills and video footage like that… who cares about a bit of rain…..

    Anyway, it was adventure and the next time we went up a few weeks later the weather was fine and we did the interview and got the job done.]