Monday, 11 December, 2017

World's Biggest Battery Delivering Power in South Australia

It's alive.   Tesla It's alive. Tesla
Heather Davidson | 02 December, 2017, 01:07

Tesla CEO Elon Musk boasted past year that he'd make the battery in 100 days or it's free, and he did it with more than a month to spare.

The powerpack, located in the rural town of Jamestown north of Adelaide, is connected to a wind farm operated by French energy firm Neoen, was switched on early Friday as temperatures started to rise, The Telegraph wrote.

Recently, Elon Musk won a $50 million bet when he completed the building of the world's largest lithium-ion battery in less than 100 days for the southern Australian outback. The idea was that the battery would have the capacity to power over 30,000 homes in the event of severe blackout for at least an hour.

Weatherill came under fire past year after the entire state went black following a major storm, and raced to shore up the state's grid with a A$510 million ($385 million) plan, including ordering the big battery and installing diesel-fueled turbines.

Tesla Powerpacks in South Australia, which make up about half of the new Australian mega-battery.

The South Australia government announced its energy plan in March 2017.

"Neoen and Tesla approached the State Government with their bold plan to deliver this project, and they have met all of their commitments, ensuring South Australia has back up power this summer", he added.

South Australia, which relies heavily on solar and wind-generated energy, has been scrambling to find a way to bolster its fragile power grid since the entire state suffered a blackout during a storm past year.

"Having a dispatchable supply of renewable energy also means that Neoen now has the opportunity to sign competitive long term contracts with medium-sized business directly". "We are proud to be part of South Australia's renewable energy future, and hope this project provides a model for future deployments around the world".

Some have called the battery a "Hollywood solution", which likely stems from the flashy nature of the battery's creation in a country that does still rely partly on fossil fuels.

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