Tesla will build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia

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Tesla, together with the French renewable energy provider Neoen and the South Australian government will install the world’s largest lithium-ion battery to ensure energy security for South Australia in the future.

The future of the energy industry is defined by renewable energy sources and energy storage technologies. The shift towards cleaner and more sustainable alternatives enables energy storage systems to become more largely used. They store the renewable energy which can be then used during peak hours to prevent blackouts.

The lithium-ion battery storage is expected to continue to dominate the market as well as to be a leader with regards to the increase of demand and the decrease of costs. This market position is a result of battery systems which meet the needs of the fastest growing utilities sector. Research shows that in 2017 around 76 percent of the energy storage market will account for utilities.

Tesla will provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system which will store the energy produced by Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm situated near Jamestown, South Australia. Last September, a storm caused blackout which affected the entire state of South Australia and left 1.7 million people without electricity. Tesla Powerpack aims to use the stored renewable energy from the wind farm to solve and prevent power shortages.

By delivering electricity during the peak hours this grid scale energy storage project will improve the reliability of the electrical infrastructure in South Australia. The system is expected to be completed by December 2017. It will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project worldwide which will be able to provide electricity to more than 30,000 homes.

“The system will be three times more powerful than any system on Earth. This is not a minor foray into the frontier. This is going three times further than anyone has gone before.”, Elon Musk said.

This project aims to ensure energy security for the people of South Australia. It empowers the state to take the lead on its energy future, but it also sets an example by making a step forward towards the adoption of sustainable energy around the world.

The global COO of Neoen Romain Desrousseaux shared that this project is the right way to introduce sustainable and reliable energy that is cheap to the residents of South Australia. By generating around 1,050,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually, the wind farm is the largest renewable energy generator in South Australia.

“We are creating dispatchable, renewable energy that is the cheapest source of energy in Australia and most places in the world.”, Desrousseaux said.

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