World's Biggest Battery Delivering Power in South Australia

World's Biggest Battery Delivering Power in South Australia

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.

"The world's largest lithium ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix, and it sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader renewable energy with battery storage", Weatherill said of the battery when it was completed in November.

But what if we say it was Elon Musk and his electric carmaker-cum-energy storage company Tesla have made it happen? 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.

The Tesla Powerpack will be charged using power generated by the Hornsdale wind farm.

"This is history in the making", Premier Jay Weatherill said.

The 129-megawatt battery will be used to feed Australia's shaky power grid for the first day of summer meeting a promise by Elon Musk CEO of Tesla to build it in 100 days or give it free
Tesla's South Australia battery starts delivering power a day early

"Tesla powerpacks, connected to Neoen's Hornsdale windfarm, are now operational and delivering power to the National Energy Market, providing system security services to South Australia". However, the battery is more likely to be called into action to stabilize electricity supplies at less critical times. South Australia has been suffering from energy issues, and even suffered a state-wide blackout last September.

Tesla's chieftain Elon Musk has delivered on his bold promise to build a new storage solution within 100 days - a move that the South Australian public met with applause following a number of frustrating blackouts across the country, including a nationwide one past year.

Lithium-ion batteries have a greater charge cycle than conventional lead-acid batteries, and can respond within seconds.

If so, Musk is about to double his profits, after winning the bet with fellow tech entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes, who has agreed to settle his 50 million dollar bet with Musk.

The efficient battery system will be the sustainable, effective energy solution, according to Tesla, because, South Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.

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