Tesla's Giant Battery in South Australia Is Officially Switched On

Tesla's Giant Battery in South Australia Is Officially Switched On

The shortage is looming as Australia is expected to soon overtake Qatar as the world's biggest exporter of liquid natural gas.

Today the state of South Australia announced that that battery-the world's largest-is now online, reports CNBC.

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

The 100MW/129MWh battery is capable of powering about 30,000 homes for a little over an hour.

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

More importantly for the residents of South Australia, they hope the Tesla's Powerpack system can begin to solve some of the massive energy problems experienced over past summers plagued by blackouts, noted the publication.




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.

Premier Jay Weatherill is due to visit the battery site - alongside the Hornsdale windfarm near Jamestown in the state's mid north - tomorrow, to mark its official opening on the first day of summer.

Musk promised to build the 100-megawatt battery within 100 days of the contracts being signed at the end of September or hand it over to the South Australia state government for free.

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

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. "It can address those stability issues very quickly without needing to resort to using large power plants", said Praveen Kathpal, vice president of AES Energy, a losing bidder to build the battery.

Elon Musk built the battery after a dare from Aussie tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.

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