Tesla's 100MW battery pack beigns operations in South Australia
02 December, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Barbara Daniel
Elon Musk's giant lithium-ion battery is now powering South Australia - delivered within about 60 days after announcing the contract. The delivery is also ahead of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's self-imposed deadline of "100 days or it's free".
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.
The facility which is being tested in the city of Jamestown is all set to launch officially soon and will be paired to the nearby Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm for added stability.
Tesla says the battery has the capacity to power 30,000 homes for up to an hour in the event of a severe blackout, but is more likely to be called into action to boost supply during peak demand periods.
The wind farm features 99 turbines
Tesla Inc switched on the world's biggest lithium ion battery in time to feed South Australia's shaky power grid for the first day of summer.
South Australia suffered a severe blackout past year that left 1.7 million people without electricity, prompting Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to lash out at state regulations that encouraged what he believed to be a too heavy a reliance on renewable energy: the Australian Energy Market Operator found that the blackout was caused by too sensitive protection mechanisms at some windfarms in South Australia. The plan comes after the state-wide blackout in September previous year. "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".
Jay Weatherill stated now, the South Australia is competing others in the rival of making renewable energy and it has made the history in the making.
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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