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Tesla's Largest Lithium Battery in World to Charge Up Down Under

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Tesla Motors CEO and Product Architect Elon Musk speaks onstage during 'What Will They Think of Next? Talking About Innovation' at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 6, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

By    |   Friday, 07 Jul 2017 01:12 PM

Tesla has agreed to build the largest lithium battery in the world to help the South Australia electrical network with its energy needs.

Elon Musk said Friday that it would take just 100 days to build the 100-megawatt battery and, coupled with a wind farm owned by French energy company Neoen, will operate continuously and provide additional power to South Australia during emergencies, according to BBC News.

"Tesla Powerpack will charge using renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm and then deliver electricity during peak hours to help maintain the reliable operation of South Australia's electrical infrastructure," Tesla said in a statement Friday. "The Tesla Powerpack system will further transform the state's movement towards renewable energy and see an advancement of a resilient and modern grid."

South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, that the "extraordinary collaboration" would deliver a grid-scale battery that would "stabilize South Australia's network as well as putting downward pressure on prices."

The battery project is expected to sustain 100 megawatts of power and store 129 megawatt hours, which Tesla says could power about 30,000 homes, the Morning Herald reported. That is more than three times as powerful as the world's next-largest such battery, Musk said, noted the newspaper.

A freak storm last September destroyed transmission lines, triggering backup systems, stated the Morning News. The statewide blackout that followed cost businesses hundreds of millions of dollars and led to calls to government leaders to secure electricity supplies, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. News.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and other commentators, though, blamed the state's reliance on renewables as the problem. Since the storms, South Australia's electricity troubles, including numerous blackouts, have become a politically contentious issue between the state and federal governments, the Morning Herald noted.

The Australian Energy Market Operator stated in its report that a higher reliance on "non-synchronous" energy forms like wind and solar meant the power grid was "experiencing more periods with low inertia and low available fault levels," making it more susceptible in times of crisis, stated the Morning News.

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