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Published on December 1st, 2017 | by James Ayre


Tesla Turned On The World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Battery Facility In The World Today

December 1st, 2017 by  

Tesla turned on the world’s largest lithium-ion energy storage facility in the world earlier today in Hornsdale, Australia — with this announcement following closely on the news last week that construction work on the installation had been completed.

“South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy,” commented state Premier Jay Weatherill at the official launch of the French company Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm.

The Neoen wind energy facility can feed electricity essentially directly into the Tesla energy storage facility, thus greatly reducing potential transmission losses — in case that implication wasn’t clear enough already.

As you’ll recall, Tesla won the bid to develop the 129 megawatt-hour (MWh) facility following a public stunt by CEO Elon Musk to promise that the facility would be given free if the company didn’t finish installation within 100 days of signing a contract.

The Australian state was facing much public pressure last year and further into this year following blackouts that followed major storms there. While some wanted to blame it on renewable energy (which provides ~40% of the state’s electricity), the fundamental issue in the state was outdated grid infrastructure and lack of backup capacity in cases where storms knock out significant blocks of the grid. Large energy storage units aren’t the only thing needed to avoid such blackouts, but they are a huge help.

Providing a succinct explanation of why such energy storage installations have value, the vice president of a firm that lost the bidding process for the South Australia project (AES Energy), Praveen Kathpal, stated: “Storage can respond within a fraction of a second. It can address those stability issues very quickly without needing to resort to using large power plants.”

Which is exactly why, regardless of anti-storage and anti-Tesla talking points, large-scale energy storage facilities will become more and more common in the years to come in the regions and areas where they are well suited.

If you missed the backstory to this giant Tesla battery project, read on by clicking the following links …

Musk Says He Can Solve Australia Grid Storage Problem In 100 Days Or Fewer (#ElonTweets)

Tesla To Install World’s Largest Grid-Scale Battery In South Australia

Musk’s Plan For South Australian Grid Storage Spurs Competition

Tesla Has 100 Days To Finish Building South Australia’s 129 MWh Energy Storage Facility … Or Its Free

Tesla Using Samsung SDI Battery Cells In 129 MWh South Australia Facility

Musk Praises South Australia’s “Gumption” For Commissioning World’s Largest Battery Storage Plant



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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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