World's Biggest Battery Announced For South Australia

World’s Biggest Battery Announced For South Australia

Elon Musk, the tech-billionaire involved in Tesla and SpaceX, sent a tweet to Jay Weatherill offering to fix our power woes with his renewable battery technology and is here to deliver.

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You may all remember the crazy storms from hell that blacked out South Australia in September last year. I remember this particularly well as 90% of my wedding guests, including my parents, photographer and the groomsmen were all sitting in Adelaide Airport, unable to fly out to my wedding. My mother was particularly disappointed that the bars couldn’t operate in the black out. Long story short – they made it on time, on the only plane that was give the clear to fly some 5 hours after their original departure time.

Another momentous incident that occurred as a result of this storm was that Elon Musk, the tech-billionaire involved in Tesla and SpaceX, sent a tweet to Jay Weatherill offering to fix our power woes with his renewable battery technology.

Fast forward to today, I’m still happily married and Elon Musk is in Adelaide (unrelated), to announce Tesla winning the government’s renewable energy tender. What this means is that Tesla will be building the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia to combat the ongoing energy issues our state has faced. Musk has confirmed that he’s honouring his original tweet that promised it will built in 100 days or it’s FREE.

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[accordion title=”Tesla have outlined the details of the sustainable energy plan for South Australia in a blog post. Click to expand and read the full post here.” load=”hide”]Last September, a 50-year storm damaged critical infrastructure in the state of South Australia, causing a state-wide blackout and leaving 1.7 million residents without electricity. Further blackouts occurred in the heat of the Australian summer in early 2017. In response, the South Australian Government as a leader in renewable energy, looked for a sustainable solution to ensure energy security for all residents, now and into the future, calling for expressions of interest to deploy grid-scale energy storage options with at least 100 megawatts (MW) of capacity.

This week, through a competitive bidding process, Tesla was selected to provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system to be paired with global renewable energy provider Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia. Tesla was awarded the entire energy storage system component of the project.

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.

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.

Working in close collaboration with the South Australian Government and Neoen, this grid scale energy storage project is not only sustainable, but will help solve power shortages, reduce intermittencies, and manage summertime peak load to improve the reliability of South Australia’s electrical infrastructure. In addition, Tesla’s Powerwall is now being installed for residential customers across Australia and ramping up quickly. The same technology that can help stabilize the South Australian grid can also be used by homeowners to collect energy during the day so it is stored and made available day and night, providing uninterrupted power even if the grid goes down.

Tesla is proud to be part of South Australia’s renewable energy future, and we expect this project will provide a model for future deployments around the world that will help significantly accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy.[/toggle]

This week, through a competitive bidding process, Tesla was selected to provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system to be paired with global renewable energy provider Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia. Tesla was awarded the entire energy storage system component of the project.

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.

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.

Working in close collaboration with the South Australian Government and Neoen, this grid scale energy storage project is not only sustainable, but will help solve power shortages, reduce intermittencies, and manage summertime peak load to improve the reliability of South Australia’s electrical infrastructure. In addition, Tesla’s Powerwall is now being installed for residential customers across Australia and ramping up quickly. The same technology that can help stabilize the South Australian grid can also be used by homeowners to collect energy during the day so it is stored and made available day and night, providing uninterrupted power even if the grid goes down.

Tesla is proud to be part of South Australia’s renewable energy future, and we expect this project will provide a model for future deployments around the world that will help significantly accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy.[/accordion]
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