The biggest battery has been turned on, last week. Now that Elon Musk’s Tesla Corp has finished the project in less than 100 days, it’s total effect will be analyzed and discussed in the months and years to come.
Tesla has switched on the world's biggest lithium-ion battery in South Australia. Here's what you need to know. pic.twitter.com/DVAh6tiYkN
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The world’s biggest lithium ion battery, built by Tesla, was switched on on Friday in South Australia, ahead of the State Government’s deadline of the beginning of the summer, and well ahead of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s self-imposed deadline of “100 days or it’s free.”
The electric car company’s Powerpack battery system stores energy generated by a nearby wind farm and is capable of providing electricity for as many as 30,000 homes. It is three times more powerful than its nearest competitor.
Frequent blackouts have been causing havoc in South Australia. In fact, much of country is facing an energy crisis, according to the Australian Financial Review. A 1,600 megawatt coal plant closure in Victoria earlier this year added to mounting pressures on the country’s gas industry, which faced huge lay-offs, rising prices and gas shortages.
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South Australia’s government has yet to say how much the battery will cost taxpayers, although renewable-energy experts estimate it at US$50 million. Tesla says the system’s 100-megawatt capacity makes it the world’s largest, tripling the previous record array at Mira Loma in Ontario, Calif., also built by Tesla and U.S. power company Edison.