BYD has launched a battery energy storage project in Las Vegas. The company is deploying a 543 MWh Cube Pro battery that is liquid-cooled. Construction will start in Q2 2023 and come online before the end of the year.
The stationary battery-energy storage market has been dominated recently by Tesla with its Megapacks. However, BYD has secured a contract for the deployment with Nevada’s largest energy provider. The project will help the power provider to reach its zero carbon emissions goal by 2050.
The client remains unnamed. However, the largest power provider in the state is NV Energy, controlled by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Buffet is also a major backer of BYD after buying shares of the Chinese company through Berkshire Hathaway Energy in 2008, according to CNEVPost.
The energy installation in Las Vegas will store excess energy from wind and solar plants.
The Cube Pro battery will be charged daily to smoothen peak demand. The battery model has 80% more energy density than its predecessor. It is also compatible with global standards. BYD claims the battery has been installed all over the world.
BYD deployed a GWh-class solar energy storage plant project in North America last year using Cube T28. It also completed what it called the largest single-phase energy storage plant it had ever done on the US West Coast.
Even though they now compete on multiple fronts, BYD has supplied EV batteries to Tesla.