A blaze astatine a monolithic Tesla artillery tract successful Australia that started 3 days agone was brought nether power connected Monday, firefighters said.
Emergency services were archetypal called to the Victoria Big Battery project—built by French renewable vigor steadfast Neoen utilizing Tesla batteries—on Friday morning.
A 13-tonne lithium artillery wrong a shipping container had caught occurrence astatine the tract adjacent Geelong, astir an hour's thrust from Australia's 2nd metropolis Melbourne, the Country Fire Service (CFA) said.
"There was 1 battery pack connected occurrence to commencement with, but it did dispersed to a 2nd battalion that was precise adjacent to it," incidental controller Ian Beswicke said successful a statement.
Images released by the CFA showed a unreality of fume rising from 1 of the units astatine the site.
The occurrence work said the incidental had been declared "under control" conscionable aft 3 p.m. (0500 GMT) connected Monday.
"Firefighters person successfully completed the cognition of opening each doors to the instrumentality of the battery, with nary motion of fire," the CFA said successful an update.
Fire authorities said the origin of the blaze was unknown.
"A smaller fig of firefighters and fire trucks from CFA volition stay connected country for the adjacent 24 hours arsenic a precaution successful lawsuit of reignition, the update added.
"The volition proceed taking thermal somesthesia readings two-hourly to show damaged units."
The artillery site—one of the largest successful the world—is designed to store vigor produced by renewables and nonstop powerfulness to the grid.
Local residents were initially warned astir the anticipation of toxic fume but the Environmental Protection Agency said monitoring had shown "good aerial quality" adjacent homes.
Neoen Australia managing manager Louis de Sambucy said nary 1 was injured successful the incident, and with the tract disconnected from the grid, determination had been nary interaction connected electricity supply.
"Investigation preparations are underway and carnal inspections volition commence erstwhile the CFA person completed their procedures," helium said.
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