Elon Musk's Tesla to build the world's biggest battery in Australia
The world’s largest lithium-ion battery will be built in Australia by car and energy company Tesla.
It’s hoped the 100-megawatt battery farm in South Australia state will help solve an energy crisis in the region. It will be three times more powerful than any other battery system.
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, who is currently in Oz, says if the battery isn’t up and running within 100 days of signing the contract, it will be delivered free.
South Australia relies on solar and wind-generated energy but has a fragile power grid and has seen a hike in prices since a huge storm caused widespread blackouts.
Tesla will work with renewable energy company Neoen on the battery to be called the Tesla Powerpack.
It will charge using renewable energy from a wind farm and then deliver electricity during peak hours “to help maintain the reliable operation of South Australia’s electrical infrastructure”, it says on the Tesla blog.
The battery will provide enough power for more than 30,000 homes, approximately equal to the amount of homes that lost power during the blackout.
It’s fair to say it’s going down pretty well Down Under where “Elon Musk”, “South Australia” and “Tesla” dominate key trends on Twitter.