Tesla turns on world's biggest lithium ion battery in Australia to boost energy grid

Tesla switched on a world’s biggest lithium ion battery on Friday in time to feed Australia’s unsure appetite grid for a initial day of summer, assembly a pledge by Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or give it free.

 “South Australia is now heading a universe in dispatchable renewable energy,” state Premier Jay Weatherill pronounced during a central launch during a Hornsdale breeze farm, owned by private French organisation Neoen.

Tesla won a bid in Jul to build a 129-megawatt hour battery for South Australia, that stretched in breeze appetite distant quicker than a rest of a country, though has suffered a fibre of blackouts over a past 18 months.

In a politically charged debate, opponents of a state’s renewables pull have argued that a battery is a “Hollywood solution” in a nation that still relies on hoary fuels, especially coal, for two-thirds of a electricity.

Supporters, however, contend it will assistance stabilise a grid in a state that now gets some-more than 40 per cent of a electricity from breeze energy, though needs assistance when a breeze dies down.

 “Storage can respond within a fragment of a second. It can residence those fortitude issues unequivocally fast but wanting to review to regulating vast appetite plants,” pronounced Praveen Kathpal, clamp boss of AES Energy, a losing bidder to build a battery.

Highlighting attention hopes for a take-up of battery storage, Tesla arch executive Elon Musk visited a site some 225 kms (141 miles) north of a state collateral Adelaide in July, hailing a battery as “just a beginning”.

The state has nonetheless to exhibit how most it is profitable Tesla.

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Weatherill came underneath glow final year after a whole state went black following a vital storm, and raced to seaside adult a state’s grid with a A$510m (£286m) plan, including grouping a large battery and installing diesel-fuelled turbines.

AES’s Kathpal, who is also authority of a US Energy Storage Association, pronounced South Australia’s joining to spin to appetite storage was an critical step for a rest of a industry.

“We consider that’s what’s unequivocally going to accelerate a uptake of appetite storage in Australia,” he said.

Reuters

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