Canberra, July 7: To combat energy crisis in Australia, Elon Musk’s Tesla Company set to build world’s largest battery storage facility. A 100-megawatt Powerpack system will be paired with a wind farm near Jamestown, South Australia will also help maintain the reliable operation of South Australia's electrical infrastructure.
Tesla has collaborated with French renewable energy firm and an Australian state government to install the world's largest lithium-ion battery. This new battery will be three times more powerful than the next biggest in the world, Musk said. "If South Australia's willing to take a big risk, then so are we," he added.
South Australia's population of 1.7 million people suffer regular power cuts and energy shortages. In September, much of the state was left without power after a storm damaged crucial transmission lines. Another major blackout happened in February after an unexpected spike in demand due to a heat wave.
Funding to build the battery will come from the South Australian government's plan -- worth 550 million Australian dollars ($417 million) -- to deliver affordable and clean power. It will be linked up to French renewable energy company Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia.
Funding to build the battery will come from the South Australian government's plan worth 550 million Australian dollars ($417 million)in order to deliver affordable and clean power. Elon Musk said that “We need to get it done; we need to make sure it's working properly, and we want to do it well less than 100 days.”