1 bil­lion

– years is how long Saturn's rings will re­main, ac­cord­ing to cal­cu­la­tions stat­ing how fast each frag­ment falls into the planet.

Science Illustrated - - SCIENCE UPDATE -

So­lar cell plant to charge 1.1 mil­lion bat­ter­ies

A huge Aus­tralian so­lar plant will soon be able to store more so­lar en­ergy than any other plant in the world. The plant, which will be built in the River­land re­gion in SA, will be equipped with 3.4 mil­lion so­lar pan­els. When com­pleted, the plant will have a ca­pac­ity of 330 megawatts, and no less than 1.1 mil­lion bat­ter­ies will store the huge quan­tity of en­ergy which the plant will be gen­er­at­ing. (This isn't the Tesla bat­tery, it's a dif­fer­ent pro­ject.)

Build­ing the plant is Lyon Group, an Aus­tralian firm spe­cial­is­ing in green en­ergy so­lu­tions. The com­pany ex­pects to in­vest a bil­lion dol­lars in the fa­cil­ity, which will cover an area of 4,000 square me­tres.

BY THE NUM­BERS

At 330 megawatts, the new plant can sup­ply power for about 330,000 Aus­tralian house­holds. From a full charge, bat­ter­ies can sup­ply 100 megawatts for four hours – more than any other plant. A so­lar cell plant in In­dia has a larger gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity of 648 megawatts, but a lower stor­age ca­pac­ity. Stor­age is the fu­ture!

3.4 mil­lion so­lar pan­els and 1.1 mil­lion bat­ter­ies will store so­lar en­ergy.

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