A blaze at an enormous Tesla battery web site in Australia that began three days in the past was introduced beneath management on Monday, firefighters stated.
Emergency companies had been first known as to the Victoria Big Battery challenge — constructed by French renewable vitality agency Neoen utilizing Tesla batteries — on Friday morning.
A 13-tonne lithium battery inside a transport container had caught hearth on the web site close to Geelong, about an hour’s drive from Australia’s second metropolis Melbourne, the Country Fire Service (CFA) stated.
“There was one battery pack on hearth to begin with, nevertheless it did unfold to a second pack that was very near it,” incident controller Ian Beswicke stated in a press release.
Images launched by the CFA confirmed a cloud of smoke rising from one of many items on the web site.
The hearth service stated the incident had been declared “beneath management” simply after 3 pm (0500 GMT) on Monday.
“Firefighters have efficiently accomplished the operation of opening all doorways to the container of the battery, with no signal of fireplace,” the CFA stated in an replace.
Fire authorities stated the reason for the blaze was unknown.
“A smaller variety of firefighters and hearth vehicles from CFA will stay on scene for the following 24 hours as a precaution in case of reignition, the replace added.
“The will proceed taking thermal temperature readings two-hourly to watch broken items.”
The battery web site — one of many largest on the planet — is designed to retailer vitality produced by renewables and ship energy to the grid.
Local residents had been initially warned about the potential for poisonous smoke however the Environmental Protection Agency stated monitoring had proven “good air high quality” close to houses.
Neoen Australia managing director Louis de Sambucy stated nobody was injured within the incident, and with the location disconnected from the grid, there had been no influence on electrical energy provide.
“Investigation preparations are underway and bodily inspections will start as soon as the CFA have accomplished their procedures,” he stated.
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