A 13 tonne Lithium battery inside a container unit - that's part of one of Tesla's largest batteries ever deployed, dubbed the "Victorian Big Battery" - caught fire earlier today. The plant is located at Moorabool in the state of Victoria, Australia.
Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV), the fire-fighting organization of the state, was quick to respond in order to contain the breakout. Drones were also deployed to help with the monitoring. A Specialist Officer was sent to the scene to observe the condition of the air in and around the surroundings as well.
In fact, a warning has since been issued by VicEmergency in relation to the toxic smoke that's being emitted. VicEmergency is responsible for broadcasting emergency information and warnings.
JUST IN: Fire crews are currently on the scene of a battery fire at Moorabool, near Geelong. Firefighters are working to contain the fire and stop it spreading to the nearby batteries. https://t.co/5zYfOfohG3 #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/HAkFY27JgQ— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) July 30, 2021
The Victorian Big Battery was commissioned back in November 2020 by the Australian government in order to achieve the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) by 2030. This Megapack system at Geelong, Victoria, was planned for launch in summer 2021-22 which would then be able to deliver a promised 300MW / 450MWh of renewable power.