Elon Musk is on a roll and how!
The techie is now in news for creating the largest battery ever and that too, in less than 100 days!
Before you get thinking it is for Tesla or SpaceX, let me tell you it has been invented out of the promise made to Australia to help the continent with its energy crisis.
Musk challenged the Australian government through an announcement made by Tesla executive Lyndon Rive, that the tech company would install a 100-300 megawatt hours of battery storage. The intent behind mounting such a battery is to thwart the power cuts which have been causing blackouts throughout the sub-continent. They took up the challenge with a 100 days’ self-imposed deadline.
The tech-geek cum business mogul went a step further to show how serious he was about this challenge. He added that if the battery wasn’t invented at the said time, it would be made available 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 battery was devised to provide power backup for about 30,000 homes. That being the exact number of houses which were severely affected during the longest blackout in September 2016.
‘Tesla Powerpacks’ as they’re called have been installed already and are connected to Neoen’s Hornsdale windfarm, situated in the north of Adelaide. Soon the tests will be carried out to make sure that the regulatory requirements are complied with.
Jay Weatherill, South Australian Premier issued a statement:
“While others are just talking, we are delivering our energy plan, making South Australia more self-sufficient, and providing back up power and more affordable energy for South Australians this summer.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 leading renewable energy with battery storage.An enormous amount of work has gone into delivering this project in such a short time, and I look forward to visiting Jamestown next week to personally thank those who have worked on this project.”
Congratulations to the Tesla crew and South Australian authorities who worked so hard to get this manufactured and installed in record time! https://t.co/M2zKXlIVn3— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2017
The masses of energy for this battery is gained from the renewable sources like solar and wind. It is sent out of the grid when the usage is at its peak.
With the installation of this battery, Jamestown and South Australia are now the world leaders in renewable energy.
The batteries will go fully operational from the 1st of December and will cost $50 million approximately.
Information source: unilad
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