Vistra's Moss Landing Storage Facility Offline Post "Overheating Event"

Sep 14, 2021 11:43 AM ET
  • Texas-based energy business Vistra Corp has begun its initial analysis of Phase I (300 megawatts) of its Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in California adhering to an "getting too hot case" that happened on the night of Sept. 4 as well as provided Phase I of the facility inactive.

Teams from Vistra, battery producer LG Energy Solution, design and also building and construction company Fluence, and other external experts are performing their preliminary walkthroughs of the structure in order to collect details and start their examination into the source of the problem. The North County Fire Protection Area of Monterey County is aiding with the examination.

The teams are in the beginning of this investigation and anticipate that it will certainly take some time to completely assess the extent of the damage prior to developing a strategy to safely fix and return the battery system to operation. "We are collaborating with our companions to guarantee all needed safety precautions are in location to decrease any risk throughout this procedure," claimed Vistara.

Phase I/ 300 MW is out of service and also Phase II/ 100 MW, which is located in a different stand-alone building, is functional, clarified the business.

Late Saturday night, Sept. 4, the Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility, the largest battery storage facility of its kind on the planet, experienced an overheating concern with a restricted variety of battery modules in its Phase I 300-megawatt/1200-megawatt hr system. There are numerous layers of security integrated into the battery facility as well as the risk reduction and safety systems functioned as made, detecting these modules were running at a temperature level over functional criteria and triggering targeted lawn sprinkler aimed at the impacted modules.

Therefore, the overheating was regulated and also contained without the need for outdoors aid, said Vistara. Nonetheless, the Moss Landing group did ask the local fire department to respond to the site. Notably, no injuries were reported to the facilities' workers or the regional area as a result of the event.

The business specifies that it is prioritising security and also taking a conventional strategy by keeping the entire facility offline as it explores the source of the case in collaboration with its design professional, Fluence, and battery supplier, LG Energy Solution. Vistra is uncertain about the timing of the return of the facility, pending an examination and also any type of required repair work.