Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Tesla's 100MW battery pack beigns operations in South Australia

Tesla's 100MW battery pack beigns operations in South Australia

The huge battery was delivered a few weeks ago, and Elon Musk made a promise to deliver it within "100 days or it's free".

In return, the South Australian Government will have the right to use the battery to prevent load-shedding blackouts.

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.

The 129-megawatt-hour battery has garnered significant press for both its size and the nature by which it was acquired.

Tesla is proud to say that the battery helps to resolve the power shortage issues the state's been having, and assist in helping power more homes during summertime peak loads.

South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill said that on Thursday, the battery had started sending power to the state grid and it provides 70 megawatts.

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South Australia suffered a severe blackout a year ago that left 1.7 million people without electricity, prompting Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to lash out at state regulations that encouraged what he believed to be a too heavy a reliance on renewable energy: the Australian Energy Market Operator found that the blackout was caused by too sensitive protection mechanisms at some windfarms in South Australia. It is more likely to be used to stabilise power supplies on a regular basis.

Although the country still relies on fossil fuels for two-thirds of its electricity, wind energy is a large contributor in South Australia. This is especially important given that this state gets a whopping 40 percent of its electricity from wind energy.

Hoping that Tesla's li-ion battery storage solution would have greater adoption in the future, Elon Musk visited the site and hailed the battery as "just the beginning".

Tesla Powerpacks in South Australia, which make up about half of the new Australian mega-battery.

South Australian taxpayers will be subsidising its operation with up to $50 million over the next 10 years.

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