Tesla is building the world’s biggest battery


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❝ By the end of the year, the state of South Australia will be home to the world’s biggest battery, if Elon Musk and Tesla make good on an ambitious commitment. The battery installation will be hooked up to a 99-turbine wind farm (which is still being built) and serve as an energy reservoir to ensure that the region has enough power, even during times when power demand peaks.

❝ It’s fun to imagine an enormous Duracell battery sticking out of the ground, but in reality, the massive installation will be a network of batteries housed in Tesla-made units called Powerpacks. Together, they will make up what the company calls the “largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world.” Tesla isn’t saying how many Powerpacks will be required for the project, but it will pack 100 megawatts of power capable of energizing over 30,000 homes…

❝ The South Australia battery is scheduled to be completed by December of this year, and in true Elon Musk fashion, he’s pledged that it will be free if they don’t install it within 100 days—a countdown that starts ticking as soon as a “grid interconnection agreement has been signed,”…

Mark Tholke, the chief development officer of Advanced Microgrid Solutions, says that giant batteries like this can play an important role in mitigating the fact that with renewable power generation, the wind doesn’t alway blow and the sun doesn’t always shine.

Musk’s legendary brashness ain’t scary. He’s already built a smaller version of this concept – on time, on budget.

One thought on “Tesla is building the world’s biggest battery

  1. Tim Kim @ Tub of Cash says:

    HUGE elon musk fan here. I’m really into future tech and elon is paving the way. Brain computer interfaces, helping us become an interplanetary species, clean energy, tunneling and hyperloops; you name it, the guy’s already thought of it and is working on it. I’m sure he’ll meet the deadline on the battery system.

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