The World’s Largest Battery Helps Elon Musk Win The Race

//The World’s Largest Battery Helps Elon Musk Win The Race

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.

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By |2017-11-27T12:50:07+00:00November 27th, 2017|Lifestyle|3 Comments


  1. Andrei December 5, 2017 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Truly awesome!

  2. Johanna Hernandez December 23, 2017 at 4:16 am - Reply

    This is a unique work! This innovative project opens the door to the building of a smart city with a potential electric power system. It should be noted that there was a similar project before this with a big potential, the most autonomous battery in the world at the University of Oxford. It is a battery that is in the Oxford laboratory that you have managed to run a bell for 175 years. It is for this reason that you have found a place in the Guinness record as the most durable battery in the world. It was a pile designed to propel a metal ball that hangs back and forth, between two small bells to produce a slight sound. Currently the voltage produced by the battery is so insignificant after 175 years “at the foot of the barrel” that it produces hardly any sound. Although you can see the almost imperceptible movement of the ball. The fact that it has been running for more than 175 years without being downloaded, makes it impossible to know exactly what is the mechanism that keeps the battery running after so long. The mechanism that reveals the secret of this feat could easily be discovered by opening the battery, but the University does not decide to do so because it could prevent the battery from operating for at least another half century.
    Every day we learn something new!

  3. Joy January 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    The battery is a great success and every state should have one or two or several but there are some dirty politics in the background muddying the waters sadly.

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