Photos: Giant Battery Installed In Wynwood With Enough Power For 7,000 Homes

A 33-foot tall battery was installed in Wynwood last year by FPL and is now operational.

The battery takes up nearly half a city block.

When full, there’s enough juice in the battery to power 7,000 homes for four hours, according to the Herald.

According to FPL, the battery will help reduce customer costs, and will also be good for the environment.

It will store energy from the grid during times of lower demand, reducing the need for additional power plants to come online during peak hours.

The Wynwood Battery has 10 megawatts of capacity, according to FPL documents.

FPL is also building a much larger battery in Manatee County, with 409 megawatts of capacity. It will be charged by a solar plant there that is already complete. Completion of the Manatee battery is expected in late 2021.

 

(photos: Aaron DeMayo)

 

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peej
9 months ago

They did a great job with the exterior murals, by local artist Ernesto Maranje.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Are those murals temporary or permanent?

Anonymous
9 months ago

Wait, that’s supposed to be “art?” Even by Wynwood standards, it’s craaap.

peej
8 months ago

are you referring to the Blue/Green colors on the building? I reference the art on the property’s exterior, featuring local wildlife–Spoonbill Crane & Florida Panther, as shown in the Street View below:

https://www.google.com/maps/@25.7991815,-80.197127,3a,75y,182.27h,66.55t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s8ueChl27NxKSoEyhp2igxw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

“Wynwood’s Standards” are typically within Wynwood Walls, where Ernesto was featured last year…

Azarius
9 months ago

Really like this idea. And it fits into any landscape

Anonymous
9 months ago

Can I charge my phone there??

DiaperDonald
9 months ago

That’s cool

Anonymous
9 months ago

What happens when it runs out or loses its charge?

Anonymous
9 months ago

They will go to Bayside, to that guy in the kiosk, and buy a new Chinese battery.

Democratic Worker
8 months ago

it is cool to see how FPL was planning and implementing this kind of investment even in a time when the US federal government and FL state government weren’t ideologically set on clean energy. does this mean that the economics of these non-fossil technologies are getting a lot more favorable? I hope so

Anonymous
9 months ago

So it could power all of edgewaters current condos and apartments.

Anonymous
9 months ago

No, just the back stairwells everybody can see from Wynwood.

Shawn Kouri
9 months ago

Next is putting solar panels on buildings. That will really make the area go off grid.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Adding another reactor to turkey point has a lower carbon footprint than solar panels on every building.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Yeah, nuclear is safer and better for the citizens than solar…

Some people really need their heads examined.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Solar may appear clean on the surface, but how do you figure one sources the laundry list of minerals that need to be mined to build the panels and more importantly the batteries? Is the footprint of all the strip mining and toxic chemicals used to process these materials calculated into their eco credentials?

I get the bad rap that nuclear gets, but without it, going “green” will be impossible and no amount of solar or wind will make a dent in our energy needs.

Anonymous
9 months ago

The laundry list of minerals needed for solar panels doesn’t even compare material wise to just even the amount of water needed to cool down one of these nuclear power plants. Tell me you weren’t scared shitless when meltdown occurred in that nuclear power plant in Japan?

“Strip mining?” “Toxic chemicals?” We haven’t heard anything about those things when it comes to building solar panels that scared the bejeezus out of us like nuclear power plants… and that’s a fact!

Sure Jan
9 months ago

These guys want to add new reactors on a waterfront plant at ground zero of sea level rise. Pretty sure they don’t know what Fukushima is.

Anonymous
9 months ago

You aren’t aware of it because we benefit from offshoring all the nastiness to Asia and Africa where all the toxicity and pollution can stay while the solar panels are shipped nice and clean to the US and Europe.

Try living in a backwater province in China or in the mines of Zambia or Congo and see if you aren’t scared. Chernobyl was horrible and the consequences are evident. Unfortunately, the hundreds of millions of people currently suffering year after year in these places are quietly ignored as it is an inconvenient reality of manufacturing renewable infrastructure.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Just because you were scared doesn’t change facts.
Just because the media ignores the massive mining of rare earth minerals (especially by China) taken from the ground, and the consequences of that doesn’t mean that it is not a problem.
“We”.
We all are not scared. You may be scared. I am not scared.
An intellectual assessment of the pros and cons of solar power and the batteries essential to keep the power flowing efficiently, shows serious shortcomings when compared with nuclear power.

Sure Jan
9 months ago

We also have a massive problem of storing and disposing of nuclear waste at most nuclear power plants across the nation. Don’t have that problem with solar.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Correct.. and the nuclear waste that’s disposed remains radioactive for thousands of years.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Many, quote on quote, experts and industrialists made claims in the following years that solar panels are not sufficient and cannot be sued to the fullest capacity. In other words, industrialists and “experts” claim they need to be supported by a form of another renewable source, also known as fossil fuel. However, the collection of individual solar panels put on top of residential properties and solar MW power plants meet the demand and efficient of any village, town, or city throughout the following year. Solar panels do not create more pollution during the manufacturing process, in fact, they generally payback between 4 to 7 years.

Anonymous
9 months ago

A couple of questions:

1. Are the solar panels going to power all of the world’s major manufacturing facilities?
2. Should we clear forests and entire ecosystems to have sufficiently large areas for solar farms?
3. What about our friends in the North? What should they do during the winter months to heat their homes 24/7 for months on end? Is solar capable to provide the massive amount of energy required for heating for the entire grid? We can survive our oppressively hot and humid summers but living without sufficient heat in New England or the Midwest is a death sentence.
4. How will large public transit systems in a cities like NYC or Chicago get enough electricity to power its grid from solar or wind?
5. Will the millions of airplanes, cargo ships and trucks bringing our food and manufactured goods run on renewables?

In an ideal world solar, wind, geothermal, tidal etc. would satisfy all the energy needs of our modern industrialized world. We do not currently live in that ideal world and therefore need to be pragmatic and consider ALL options.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Adding onto what i said, As solar panel manufacturers continue their production, the efficiency will grow. Carbon footprints caused by solar panels during manufacturing shrunk, according to a 2 016 study. Emissions produced by such solar panels during manufacturing decreased by 17% to 24%. (every time the installed capacity of the solar panel has been doubled in the last 40 years.) So. No. Shut your trap and take your green biohazard somewhere else sweetcake.

Anonymous
9 months ago

No need to be snappy. Keep on dreaming that solar will be the answer to our energy needs. I can wait to see solar power semi-trucks and the 18 wheelers that transport all the necessities that you buy at Wholefoods. It’s easy to be a environmentalist when you outsource most of the manufacturing and material extraction to China and the Congo where their governments do not give a rats a** about their environment nor their disposable citizenry whom live and die in the horrible mines and factories. Easy to forget how things like nice and shiny solar panels and “eco friendly” Teslas are produced.

I have nothing against renewable energy, but if we really care about lowering carbon emissions on a GLOBAL scale we need to consider nuclear power.

Sure Jan
9 months ago

Unless you’re currently buying all goods and services (including food, clothes, cell phones, etc.) from local businesses, then you should get off your high horse. Our goods are as “affordable” as they are because of not only the resources but the labor we exploit abroad. People in China, Indonesia, India, and parts of Africa are paid cents a day to product our products. Unless you’re supporting local businesses and having your goods repaired rather than throwing them out whenever they break down, you’re equally part of the problem of waste and carbon emissions. Given how hard and expensive it is to truly shop ethically and green, I highly doubt your consumption is morally high enough to rip apart arguments for solar power.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Give it up buddy.. a coupla years ago FPL spent millions to buy elected officials in MiamiDade so that they can keep you from putting Solar Panels on the roof of your house.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Um. Solar power sucks on cloudy days with no solar. You need batteries to make them reliable.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Solar power sucks?

Well I got some desert property in Nevada I think you’ll be interested in buying.

Anonymous
9 months ago

You obviously don’t know what you are talking.

Anonymous
9 months ago

So im crazy because you’re ignorant on the science, sorry that your echo chambers never want to present real solutions.

Sure Jan
9 months ago

Anyone else forget about the multiple emergency shutdowns of Turkey Point last year and the impromptu federal inspections? Just last week their inspections/investigation revealed failure of nuclear equipment…. The Feds then extended Turkey Point’s operating life to an unheard of 80 years, and y’all want them to add MORE reactors? Sure those would be new… but their staff pushed the existing reactors to the limit and the only reason Chernobyl didn’t happen was because the safety mechanisms were functioning. That’s not even going into the waste they dump into Biscayne Bay. Those canals have been proven to leak high salinity into the Bay, which can cause algae blooms. But yeah, let’s go nuclear…

Anonymous
9 months ago

Freshwater canals don’t leak salinity.

Sure Jan
9 months ago
Anonymous
9 months ago

Chernobyl didn’t have safety mechanisms. Three Mile Island and Fukushima did.

Sure Jan
9 months ago

Chernobyl DID have safety mechanisms. Their safety mechanisms were actually what was faulty and what caused the problem.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Great article.
“The report doesn’t address risks to the public or marine life”
But I’m scared…and none of your science talk is going to make me stop being scared all the time.

Anonymous
9 months ago

I’ll bet more people die from the result of solar rays then by nuclear contamination.

Sure Jan
9 months ago

Congrats, you know what melanoma is.

Anonymous
9 months ago

The production of the tremendous amount of concrete needed for a new reactor alone would have a carbon footprint that blows away any step of solar panel production, use, and installation.

Anonymous
9 months ago

It won’t

Anonymous
9 months ago

It will.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Factually incorrect.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Smart move but want to see more of an effort for Carbon neutral with solar. Should work with Tesla on storage with their competitive pricing.

Anonymous
9 months ago

*Subsidized by we the people

Anonymous
9 months ago

Love it but not sure about the light pollution at night. It’s really bright. I’m not sure if that is necessary for function or if they thought it looked good.

Anonymous
9 months ago

Pretty box next to ugly metal work

Anonymous
9 months ago

Oh well, we’ve been looking at the same but bigger metal work on SW 3rd st and SW 2nd ave for a long, long time, so just ignore it.. if you can.

Anonymous
8 months ago

What is a metal work? Are you referring to transformer fields? Do you people have any idea of how electricity works?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Nope, we don’t know.. so please Einstein, explain to us hick Amish folks how electricity works?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Well, you can’t fix stupid I suppose. Electricity comes in different metric units called “voltages” and “amperage”. Precisely, higher voltages are transferred across power lines from plants to base stations that need to “step down” the voltage so that it can be used in homes and businesses. These transformers are what “step down” a high voltage to a lower voltage (roughly 110 V in your homes) so that you don’t fry your electronics. I think that’s how it goes but that’s just the gist of it. Sort of understand now?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Those are transformers.