A battery over three times bigger than the world’s current largest is to be installed by Tesla in the state of South Australia in a bid to end its energy crisis.
In September last year, damage to critical infrastructure caused by a 50 year storm caused a major blackout in the state leaving 1.7M residents without power.
The ambitious 100MW (129MWh) lithium ion battery will be charged using renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm. The electricity will then be released during peak hours in a bid to make the system more reliable.
In March this year, Tesla founder and business magnate Elon Musk said on Twitter the company would have the system working within 100 days or install it for free.
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
The project, which is due to be completed in December, will provide enough power for more than 30,000 homes - approximately half the number which lost power in the black outs.
“The Tesla Powerpack system will further transform the state’s movement towards renewable energy and see an advancement of a resilient and modern grid,” it said in a statement.
“Tesla is proud to be part of South Australia’s renewable energy future, and we expect this project will provide a model for future deployments around the world that will help significantly accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy.”
The current largest battery is reported to be 30MW.