Tesla's giant battery has finished construction

23 November 2017

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Tesla have finished building the world’s largest, most powerful (100 megawatts) battery bank in South Australia. The testing phase is soon to commence in time for Elon Musk's December 1st deadline.

The installation is ahead of schedule, in keeping with Elon Musk's self-appointed deadline of December 1st this year; in fact, the South Australian (SA) Government maintain that the technology will be powered up within a matter of days.

The Tesla Powerpacks, which make up the battery bank on the whole, are connected to renewable energy company NEOEN's Hornsdale Wind Farm for energy harnessing. The technology has now been fully installed onsite, and will be tested to ensure that the battery meets the requirements of both the Australian Energy Market Operator and the SA Government.

The battery bank follows South Australia’s aim, made in March 2017, to carry out the objectives of their energy plan: to deliver the Australian state cleaner and more cost and energy efficient power. In order to subsidise the 100-megawatt battery, SA taxpayers will spend up to $50 million; and in return, the Government will be able to access some of the power source’s output – and offer backup power to the grid.

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The 100 megawatt battery bank is said to power 300,000 homes for up to an hour. Premier Jay Weatherill, who announced SA’s energy plan, stated that “While others are just talking, we are delivering our energy plan, making South Australia more self-sufficient, and providing backup power and more affordable energy for South Australians this summer.”

Weatherill’s energy plan costs $550 million and is a reaction to South Australia’s supply shortfalls and its overall concerns regarding high energy prices and the need to improve its electricity grid security.


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