Tesla today began the first steps in making Elon Musk’s South Australian promise come true, as they confirmed that they are beginning to produce the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia.
They will be partnering with the South Australian government and French wind farm developer Neoen to supply a 100-megawatt battery, 60% greater than the world’s current largest battery energy storage system, located in California.
The announcement comes in response to South Australia’s electricity blackouts late last year and Musk’s own guarantee to produce the storage system 100 days from contract signature.
Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 10, 2017
In Tesla’s announcement they made their ambitions clear, ensuring that another blackout like those of the past summer never occur again.
“Upon completion by December 2017, this system will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world and will provide enough power for more than 30,000 homes, approximately equal to the amount of homes that lost power during the blackout period.”
The battery tender agreement is part of South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill’s $550 million energy plan announced in March.
Tesla emphasised the significance of this deal, as it will transform South Australia to not only a domestic leader, but an international front-runner, when it comes to renewable energy solutions.
“Tesla Powerpack will charge using renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm and then deliver electricity during peak hours to help maintain the reliable operation of South Australia’s electrical infrastructure.
“The Tesla Powerpack system will further transform the state’s movement towards renewable energy and see an advancement of a resilient and modern grid.”
Mr Weatherill echoed these thoughts, also pointing out that it will reduce prices in South Australia’s electricity network.
“It will completely transform the way in which renewable energy is stored, and also stabilise the South Australian network as well as putting downward pressure on prices,” he said.
“It opens up new opportunities for renewable energy in this state, in this nation, and around the world, to be dispatchable [to be used].”
The lithium-ion battery, set to be ready in December 2017, is a giant leap for South Australia, as well as the nation as a whole, in encouraging progressive ideas and turning them into reality.