The largest lithium battery in the world has now begun dispensing power into an electricity grid in Southern Australia.

Built by Tesla, the 100-megawatt battery was activated on 1 December, and in fact provided some power the day before this due to the demand of local hot weather.

In recent times, South Australia has been crippled with electricity problems and Tesla boss Elon Musk had vowed to build the battery within 100 days – a promise that was fulfilled.

“This is history in the making,” said South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.

The battery will counter a repeat of an incident South Australia experienced last year, where the entire state lost power and Mr Musk has described it as three times more powerful than the world’s next biggest battery.

The idea originally came about after a bet on Twitter when Mr Musk was asked if he was serious about resolving South Australia’s electricity woes.

Mr Musk added to this challenge and said that if the battery wasn’t built within 100 days, the state would receive it for free.

The countdown began on 30 September after the Australian government and regulators approved the plan. Tesla managed to build the battery in roughly 60 days.

The battery can now be found near Jamestown, about 200km (125 miles) north of Adelaide, and is connected to a wind farm run by French energy company Neoen.

When fully charged, the battery is able to power as many as 30 000 homes for an hour, however, it’s most likely that the battery will be used to support and stabilise existing electricity supplies.

The battery is made up of a grid system that runs on the same technology that powers Tesla’s cars.

In a statement, Tesla said the completion of the battery “shows that a sustainable, effective energy solution is possible”.

Also read: Renewables set to replace gas as South Australia’s main source of electricity

 

 

Sources:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42190358

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