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Tesla finishes building the world's largest li-ion battery system in Australia

23 November 2017 3

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, made a promise that his company would deploy a giant 100-megawatt battery project in South Australia within 100 days or give it for free. The company, who won the bid in July to build the battery, signed the deal on September 29. Since then, Tesla and Neoen, the wind power company operating the wind farm at the project have been working hard to finish it. Today, Tesla announced that they have finally finished working on the project and the installation is complete.

The 100-megawatt or 129-megawatt-hour battery is capable of powering 30,000 homes for more than one hour. The purpose of the battery is to support the energy grid in South Australia that suffered blackouts last year and predicted to suffer even worse in the coming summer.

Tesla describes the usefulness of the system as:

It will help solve power outages, reduce intermittencies and manage summertime peak load to support the reliability of South Australia’s electrical infrastructure, providing enough power for more than 30,000 homes—approximately equal to the amount of homes that lost power during the blackout period last year.


South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill commented,

It sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader renewable energy with battery storage. An enormous amount of work has gone in to delivering this project in such a short time, and I look forward to visiting Jamestown next week to personally thank those who have worked on this project.


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