MEGA BAT­TERY FLIPS THE SWITCH

The Australian Energy Review - - FRONT PAGE - EL­IZ­A­BETH FABRI

US tech gi­ant Tesla has turned on the world's largest lithium ion bat­tery in South Aus­tralia ahead of the State Gov­ern­ment’s be­gin­ning of sum­mer dead­line. The bat­tery com­plex, called the Horns­dale Power Re­serve, was com­pleted within 63 days of Tesla chief ex­ec­u­tive Elon Musk’s ‘100 days or its free’ dead­line. In a state­ment Tesla said the com­ple­tion of the 100 megawatt (MW) bat­tery in record time proved a “sus­tain­able, ef­fec­tive en­ergy so­lu­tion is pos­si­ble”. “We are proud to be part of South Aus­tralia’s re­new­able en­ergy fu­ture, and hope this project pro­vides a model for fu­ture de­ploy­ments around the world,” Tesla stated. “The South Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment should be con­grat­u­lated for en­sur­ing their en­ergy sup­ply is not only sus­tain­able, but will help solve power short­ages, re­duce vari­abil­ity, and man­age sum­mer­time peak load.” The bat­tery, 200km north of Ade­laide, is con­nected to Neoen’s 99 tur­bine Horns­dale wind farm and will de­liver 129 megawatt-hours (MWH) of clean en­ergy dur­ing peak hours; enough to power more than 30,000 homes. The project com­prises a se­ries of 100kwh Tesla Pow­er­pack bat­tery stor­age units, which will al­low wind en­ergy to be de­liv­ered to the grid at any time, whether the wind is blow­ing or not, and pro­vide emer­gency back-up power if a short­fall in en­ergy is pre­dicted. It would also help sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the mil­lions of dol­lars the State was pay­ing for ser­vices to keep the na­tional en­ergy grid in bal­ance. South Aus­tralia Premier Weather­ill said the State was now lead­ing the world in dis­patch­able re­new­able en­ergy, which could be de­liv­ered to homes and busi­nesses 24/7. “This is his­tory in the mak­ing,” Mr Weather­ill said. “Neoen and Tesla ap­proached the State Gov­ern­ment with their bold plan to de­liver this project, and they have met all of their com­mit­ments, en­sur­ing South Aus­tralia has back up power this sum­mer.”

“The South Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment should be con­grat­u­lated for en­sur­ing their en­ergy sup­ply is not only sus­tain­able, but will help solve power short­ages, re­duce vari­abil­ity, and man­age sum­mer­time peak load.”

Im­age: Sup­plied.

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