Tesla Powers Up World's Biggest Battery


Tesla's chieftain Elon Musk has delivered on his bold promise to build a new storage solution within 100 days - a move that the South Australian public met with applause following a number of frustrating blackouts across the country, including a nationwide one past year.

Tesla Inc switched on the world's biggest lithium ion battery in time to feed South Australia's shaky power grid for the first day of summer. Hornsdale Power Reserve says that the battery takes up less than 10,000 square meters of land.

The move fufills a promise by the firm's founder Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or give it away for free.

Tesla's battery is now delivering power to Australia's national electricity grid.

"This is history in the making", Premier Jay Weatherill said.

The facility which is being tested in the city of Jamestown is all set to launch officially soon and will be paired to the nearby Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm for added stability.

A wind turbine is seen at the Tesla battery plant outside of Jamestown
A wind turbine is seen at the Tesla battery plant outside of Jamestown

Tesla beat the deadline by building the mega-battery in just 60 days, though it did get a head start on construction.

"The world's largest lithium-ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix, and it sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader in renewable energy with battery storage", Weatherill told reporters on Thursday.

Despite having a rapidly growing wind power (than the rest of Australia), South Australia has been facing a series of blackouts in the last 18 months after a devastating storm in April and since then the government had been facing a lot of criticism, prompting it to look for a solution. That's no small feat considering the battery is the size of a football field and is capable of powering 30,000 homes.

The battery packs are expected to secure the region's electricity supply and allows for clean and affordable wind energy being dispatched to the grid.

"Storage can respond within a fraction of a second".

The efficient battery system will be the sustainable, effective energy solution, according to Tesla, because, South Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.