World’s Largest Backup Battery by Tesla
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla introduced the company’s new development – the world’s largest backup battery, on July 7, 2017.
The biggest lithium-ion battery set up in Adelaide, promises to supply 100 megawatts of battery storage in 100 days. The aim is to power around 30,000 homes from among 1.7 million of them facing power shortage in Australia, by simply installing a powerpack battery storage system. The system is expected to be installed by December 2017.
“The power project will be the highest power battery system in the world by a factor of three. It will back up the 315-megawatt Hornsdale Wind Farm, charging during low energy usage and providing electricity for peak hours” tweeted Elon Musk.
The 100MW battery would be connected to a wind farm, operating at all times. Tesla has guaranteed the operation of the system within 100 days, and if unable to achieve this goal, is willing to provide free infrastructure.
A press conference with South Australia’s Premier and the Federal Environment Minister led to an announcement, made by the Prime Minister of Australia – Malcolm Turnbull, of a plan of US$ 1.5 billion to expand the power grid supplying power and backup storage to 500,000 additional homes.
The ABC News of Australia reported that musk confirms to keep his promise and is willing to take the big risk, if Australia is ready. Once the grid interconnection agreement is inked, the 100 day pledge will begin thereafter. According to Musk, it would cost the company an estimated loss of US$ 50 or more if the installation isn’t completed in time.
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