South Australia has been scrambling to find a way to bolster its power grid since the entire state suffered a blackout during a storm last year
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07 of July 2017 12:32:20
SYDNEY – Tesla announced on Friday it will build the world's largest lithium-ion battery in southern Australia, part of a bid to solve an energy crisis that has led to ongoing blackouts across the region.Tesla will partner with French renewable energy company Neoen to build the 100-megawatt battery farm in South Australia state, with Tesla CEO Elon Musk promising to deliver the system within 100 days of signing the contract or it will be free. The billionaire entrepreneur originally made the 100-day pledge via Twitter in March, and he and South Australia's government confirmed on Friday that the deadline was part of their official agreement."The system will be three times more powerful than any system on earth," Musk told reporters in the state capital, Adelaide. "This is not like a minor foray into the frontier — this is like going three times further than anyone's gone before."
We are installing the world's largest lithium-ion battery storage project in South Australia https://t.co/pjmhkrtT89— Tesla (@TeslaMotors) 7 de julio de 2017
The South Australia battery will store energy from Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Adelaide. It will deliver energy during peak usage hours to help maintain the state's supply, and could power 30,000 homes, Tesla said."You can essentially charge up the battery packs when you have excess power and where the cost is very low, and it discharges when the cost of production is high — this lowers the average cost per hour to the customer," Musk said. "It's a fundamental efficiency improvement."The installation of the battery is expected to be complete by December. The cost of the project has not been released.
Battery storage is the future of our national energy market. The world will follow SA's leadership in this space https://t.co/GEYXp3OV4v— Jay Weatherill (@JayWeatherill) 7 de julio de 2017