In South Australia is now the largest battery in the world. With a build time of less than 100 days, Elon Musk has also won an ambitious bet. Above all, the battery is supposed to stabilize the electricity network of South Australia.
The bet began on Twitter when Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes challenged Musk to build a 100-megawatt battery within 100 days. Musk went into the bet and even increased the stakes: If he did not succeed, he would pay even for the considerable cost of more than 50 million US dollars, reports Ars Technica. After the battery is ready, it is clear that Musk will also be paid for his work.
The Cannon-Brookes contender is based on a statement by Tesla’s Vice President Lyndon Rive, who said that Tesla’s Powerwall 2 could provide enough battery capacity to address the occasional power problem in South Australia within 100 days.
In September 2016, there was a large power outage after a storm, after which a stabilization of the infrastructure was tackled. In the resulting call for tenders for energy storage Elon Musks company Tesla prevailed against 90 other applicants.
South Australia relies to a large extent on renewable energy. The Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown produces 315 megawatts of electricity, but the output varies according to the wind force.
The new battery can now store excess energy to meet demand in an emergency. The capacity of the world’s largest Li-ion battery is enough to supply 30,000 households with electricity. There are still the last tests. If everything goes according to plan, the battery will go into operation on December 1st.