Turn­bull, Musk dis­cuss so­lu­tions

New Straits Times - - World - AFP

SYD­NEY: The prime min­is­ter held talks with Elon Musk yes­ter­day af­ter the lat­ter of­fered to solve the en­ergy cri­sis plagu­ing the coun­try’s south­ern re­gion in 100 days — or in­stall the tech­nol­ogy for free.

Musk, the en­tre­pre­neur be­hind elec­tric car­maker Tesla, made the pledge in re­sponse to power woes in south Aus­tralia, which was last year hit by a state-wide black­out af­ter se­vere winds from an “un­prece­dented” storm tore trans­mis­sion tow­ers from the ground.

In a Twit­ter ex­change on Fri­day with Aus­tralian soft­ware startup At­las­sian’s co-founder, Mike Can­non-Brookes, Musk said he could solve the en­ergy is­sue with a bat­tery farm.

“Tesla will get the sys­tem in­stalled and work­ing 100 days from con­tract sig­na­ture or it is free. That se­ri­ous enough for you?” Musk wrote to Can­non-Brookes, who had ear­lier said he could get fi­nanc­ing for the plan.

The con­ver­sa­tion piqued the in­ter­est of Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull, who yes­ter­day said he spoke to Musk and had “a great in depth dis­cus­sion about en­ergy stor­age and its role in de­liv­er­ing af­ford­able & re­li­able elec­tric­ity”.

It is un­der­stood their con­ver­sa­tion lasted al­most an hour and they would con­tinue talks on en­ergy stor­age over a few months.

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