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South Australia unveils world's largest lithium-ion battery to feed its grid

July 21 2018, 12:09 | Guillermo Bowen

South Australia unveils world's largest lithium-ion battery to feed its grid

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In this venture, Tesla delivered as promised, and well ahead of Musk's 100-day deadline, with the battery coming to life just 63 days after the grid connection-agreement was signed.

Jay Weatherill stated now, the South Australia is competing others in the rival of making renewable energy and it has made the history in the making. That same month Musk tweeted that "Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free". However, it had already begun dispatching some power into the state's power grid on the afternoon of November 31 as temperatures rose above 30-degrees.

The Tesla Powerpack will be charged using power generated by the Hornsdale wind farm.

The size of the battery is similar to the American football field.

Neoen deputy CEO Romain Desrousseaux said: "We would like to acknowledge the efficiency, support and vision of the South Australian Government to bring the state to the forefront of global energy storage technology".

In March, the State Government came out with its Energy Plan to deliver clean, affordable and reliable energy to South Australians and included the nation's largest battery to store renewable energy and have back up power when it is needed.

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South Australia, which relies heavily on solar and wind-generated energy, has been scrambling to find a way to bolster its fragile power grid since the entire state suffered a blackout during a storm a year ago.

Lithium-ion batteries have a greater charge cycle than conventional lead-acid batteries, and can respond within seconds.

Although the country still relies on fossil fuels for two-thirds of its electricity, wind energy is a large contributor in South Australia. However, supporters of the new solution say that it will help stabilize the state's power grid that derives more than 40 percent of its electricity from wind energy, but needs helps when the wind dies down, especially during summers.

"Storage can respond within a fraction of a second".

Tesla said it hopes the project "provides a model for future deployments around the world".

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