South Aus­tralia could soon be pow­ered by a Tesla-built bat­tery

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - ALEX SCHIF­FER

Elon Musk just made an ex­pen­sive wa­ger: He will build the world’s largest lithium bat­tery in just 100 days, or he’ll pay for the whole project.

Tesla, an­nounced Fri­day it won the bid to build the bat­tery in the state of South Aus­tralia in an agree­ment that in­cludes Neoen, a French re­new­able en­ergy provider, and the South Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment.

The idea started in March when Musk said Tesla could de­liver an oper­a­tional bat­tery-pow­ered sys­tem to the state and that he would be­gin the 100-day count­down once the of­fi­cial agree­ment was signed.

In Septem­ber, South Aus­tralia suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant in­fra­struc­ture dam­age af­ter a storm caused a statewide black­out and left 1.7 mil­lion cit­i­zens with­out elec­tric­ity. Fur­ther black­outs oc­curred ear­lier this year in the heat of the Aus­tralian sum­mer.

Tesla’s 100MW/129MWh bat­tery will part­ner with Neoen’s Horns­dale wind farm, which is north of South Aus­tralia, putting Aus­tralia at the cen­tre of global en­ergy stor­age tech­nol­ogy ac­cord­ing to Busi­nessIn­sider.

Musk said that the 100-day rule will be in­cluded in the of­fi­cial con­tract be­cause “that’s what we pub­licly said we were go­ing to do.” He added that the to­tal cost will be re­leased at the coun­try’s dis­cre­tion.

Musk tweeted Fri­day that the project is break­ing new ground for re­new­able en­ergy and that the bat­tery will be three times as pow­er­ful as its near­est com­peti­tor: “This will be the high­est power bat­tery sys­tem in the world by a fac­tor of 3. Aus­tralia rocks!!”

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