07 Jul Musk confirms Tesla will build world’s largest lithium battery in Australia
Billionaire founder of Tesla Elon Musk has announced his company will partner with French firm Neoen to build the world’s largest lithium ion battery, located in South Australia.
The 129MWh battery will be built on the site of Neoen’s Hornsdsle Wind Farm in Jamestown, north of Adelaide, and will provide stability for renewable power being fed into the national grid.
“This is going to be the largest battery station in the world by a significant margin, this is 100MW battery, the next biggest battery system in the world is 30MW,” said Musk in Adelaide.
This will be the highest power battery system in the world by a factor of 3. Australia rocks!! https://t.co/c1DD7xtC90
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2017
Construction work on the plant, which will likely create hundreds of jobs in the region during its building phase, is expected to be completed by December 1.
South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill said the project forms a key part of the government’s AUS$550 million energy plan, which aims to tackle the state’s power supply issues after widespread blackouts occurred last year.
In a statement, Tesla said: “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.”