Tesla switches on the world's biggest battery

Warning signs adorn the fence surrounding the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown

Weatherill came under fire previous year after the entire state went black following a major storm, and raced to shore up the state's grid with a A$510 million ($385 million) plan, including ordering the big battery and installing diesel-fueled turbines.

The battery farm launches today after extensive regulatory testing that took place to test the battery's ability to charge to, and from, Australia's National Energy Market and also act as a generator.

"We think that's what's really going to accelerate the uptake of energy storage in Australia", he said. That's no small feat considering the battery is the size of a football field and is capable of powering 30,000 homes.

The Tesla CEO, who is often compared to real-life Tony Stark, had promised that Tesla would build the 100-megawatt hour battery in just 100 days, failing which he would provide it for free.

"This is history in the making", Premier Jay Weatherill said.

As a part of the project, Musk said his company will build the 100-megawatt battery which will be the world's biggest battery.




The powerpack, located in the rural town of Jamestown north of Adelaide, is connected to a wind farm operated by French energy firm Neoen, was switched on early Friday as temperatures started to rise, The Telegraph wrote.

South Australia suffered a severe blackout previous year 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.

"Storage can respond within a fraction of a second".

The battery packs are expected to secure the region's electricity supply and allows for clean and affordable wind energy being dispatched to the grid.

The efficient battery system will be the sustainable, effective energy solution, according to Tesla, because, South Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.

Elon Musk built the battery after a dare from Aussie tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.

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