Elon Musk’s Battery Powers 30,000 Homes
The world’s largest lithium-ion battery from Elon Musk has gone live in South Australia. The 100MW battery farm was delivered on time by Elon Musk. He famously stated “we’ll deliver in 100 days or it’s free”, the battery farm will help the area’s massive problem with power shortages and will help provide power to the grid 24/7.
Tesla’s battery farm itself only takes up 10,000 square metres of land and has been incorporated into the 40,000km of transmission lines and cables around the state. The new battery is able to provide power to 30,000 homes and allows clean wind energy to be siphoned off to the grid 24/7.
The battery is ideal for South Australia as it stores energy from wind farms etc so that power can be provided at all times whether the wind is blowing or not. It acts as a generator so if the power goes out the state has a back up that can be tapped into to provide power to homes and reduce the number of black outs that the state used to experience.
Tesla has said “We are proud to be part of South Australia’s renewable energy future, and hope this project provides a model for future deployments around the world”.
Seeing as this battery was delivered so quickly, it is possible that we will see more and more of these installed in areas that struggle with their power regulation. I think that Tesla have yet again proved themselves to be on top when it comes to battery manufacture and quality.