Tesla activates world's biggest battery

Tesla activates world's biggest battery

Tesla activates world's biggest battery

"This is history in the making", Premier Jay Weatherill said. As of December 1, this Australian mega-battery has officially been switched on.

Tesla beat the deadline by building the mega-battery in just 60 days, though it did get a head start on construction.

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.

The 100 MW/129 MWh battery - in the rural town of Jamestown north of Adelaide and connected to a wind farm operated by French energy firm Neoen - supplied 70MW of stored energy, the Australian Energy Market Operator said.

The rest of the country will be looking at the Musk's battery and how in performs in South Australia with the country overall facing an energy crisis with a system that is "among the world's costliest and dirtiest", and "annoyingly unreliable", wrote Australian Financial Review in October. That's no small feat considering the battery is the size of a football field and is capable of powering 30,000 homes.

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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.

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

In a politically charged debate, opponents of the state's renewables push have argued that the battery is a "Hollywood solution" in a country that still relies on fossil fuels, mainly coal, for two-thirds of its electricity. "It can address those stability issues very quickly without needing to resort to using large power plants", said Praveen Kathpal, the vice president of AES Energy, who also bid for the battery contract.

Meanwhile, Tesla's Elon Musk has expressed eagerness to compete to fund, build & operate a high-speed transport connection between Chicago O'Hare Airport and downtown.

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