Tesla to build giant battery in Australia to remedy energy crisis

Tesla to build giant battery in Australia to remedy energy crisis

The project will see Tesla team with French renewable energy firm Neoen - which developed and owns Europe's largest solar farm, Cestas - to install the facility, which is being supported by the South Australia government's $550 million energy plan.

The "Tesla Powerpack" will be charged using renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm and then deliver this electricity to homes and businesses.

However, under the agreement, Tesla must deliver the battery within 100 days of the contract being signed or it will be free.

Musk said at a press conference this week the 100MW project was more than a small jump on current systems.

Innovative US carmaker Tesla Motors has agreed to deal with an Australian state to build the world's largest lithium ion battery.

According to South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill, the build also promises to transform the way in which renewable energy is stored globally. The construction of the mega-battery comes after South Australia, which has a heavy reliance on renewable energy, suffered a a number of blackouts in 2016 after a freak storm destroyed vital transmission lines.

Readers may remember the tech billionaire's offer to fix South Australia's power woes following a series of blackouts that hit the state earlier this year.

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The state has been scrambling to bolster its fragile power grid and combat soaring energy prices since it suffered a massive blackout during a storm past year. It will back up the 315 megawatt Hornsdale Wind Farm, charging during low energy usage and providing electricity for peak hours.

Musk said the new battery will be 100 megawatts in capacity.

"This will be the highest power battery system in the world by a factor of 3".

The project will act as a major milestone for Tesla's battery system.

In addition to the Powerwall improving the overall reliability of South Australia's electrical infrastructure, Tesla announced the system is also being installed for residential customers across Australia.

While Commenting on winning the project, Musk said, "We thought about this and there certainly are some risk because this is going to be the largest battery destination in the world by a significant margin".

If they fail, Musk has promised that the battery will be offered for free.

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