Taiwan could acquire energy storage systems from US tech giant Tesla to prevent future power outages, according to a report.
Taiwan’s science and technology minister Chen Liang-gee (pictured) plans talks with Tesla about buying renewable energy battery storage systems in the wake of a large-scale power outage that hit Taipei earlier this month, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.
According to Nikkei, Chen told reporters: “Tesla is using its lithium-ion battery technology to help Australia and California to implement smart grid and grid storage, and we can learn from them in the future.”
Chen also raised the prospect of creating a joint venture energy storage project with Tesla, Nikkei said.
The move is in line with calls by Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, who wants a phase-out the territory’s nuclear power plants in favour of unspecified “green energy” solutions.
In July, Tesla was chosen to build the world’s largest Li-ion battery in South Australia.
Earlier this year, Tesla supplied 20MW of lithium-ion batteries for Southern California Edison’s Mira Loma Substation in Ontario, to tackle the threat of blackouts.