Aussies now have something really special to brag about, as their electric grid just received a major boost in security against power interrupts. Elon Musk has won the bet and Tesla has successfully finished the biggest lithium-ion battery in the world, in less than 100 days.
South Australia now houses a thing of wonder that’s supposed to solve the frequent brown-out problems that have been plaguing many areas since forever. And it all started with a pledge and a bet as seen on Twitter:
Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 10, 2017
Fast forward to today, and the 100 MW system is installed and ready for testing. Tesla Powerpacks have been installed and connected at Neoen’s Hornsdale windfarm, north of Adelaide, and battery tests will be run to ensure local regulatory requirements are met before it begins operating on December 1st.
It’s not official yet, but the whole system is rumored to have a price tag of around $50 million.
“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 [sic] renewable energy with battery storage,” South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said in a statement. “An enormous amount of work has gone in to delivering this project in such a short time.”
It is set to be a back-up power system that could power 30,000 homes for eight hours or 60,000 homes for four, Fairfax reports.Tesla powerpacks, connected to the 99-turbine Hornsdale wind farm run by French company Neoen, have been fully installed on the site near Jamestown, north of Adelaide, at a cost of about $33 million.
Testing is underway to ensure they comply with South Australian Government and Australian Energy Market Operator requirements. SA Premier Jay Weatherill has flagged that he will travel to Jamestown next week to “cut the ribbon” on the world’s biggest li-ion battery, thus officially approving it’s further use and testing.