World's Largest Lithium Ion Battery
Switched on in South Australia
December 4, 2017
The world's largest lithium ion battery has begun providing electricity
into the power grid in South Australia. The project is a collaboration
between the state government, American firm Tesla, and Neoen, a French
Tesla boss Elon Musk, who was not in attendance at the switch-on, had
boldly promised to build the battery in South Australia within 100 days
- a pledge that has been fulfilled. The 100-megawatt battery was
officially activated Friday. Musk has said it was three times more
powerful than the world's next biggest battery, and promised to deliver
it for free had it not been built on schedule.
The South Australian state government hopes the project can prevent
power outages because it can rapidly deploy electricity when it is most
needed and reduce prices.
Last September, South Australia suffered a state-wide power outage when
storms damaged the electricity network.
State premier Jay Weatherill believes the new battery will guarantee
“People were making fun of South Australia for its leadership in
renewable energy and blaming it for the black-out," said Weatherill.
"That, of course, has now been debunked as a myth. We now know that our
leadership in renewable energy is not only leading the nation but
leading the world, and we are more than happy to supply our beautiful
renewable energy stored in a battery to help out the national
near Jamestown, about 200 kilometers north of Adelaide, the Tesla-built
100 megawatt lithium ion battery is connected to a wind farm run by
French energy company Neoen.
The farm has 99 wind turbines and generates electricity that can be
stored in the battery to serve 30,000 people for about an hour. In a
statement, the California-based firm said the project in South Australia
showed “that a sustainable, effective energy solution is possible”.
Critics of the battery have said the technology’s potential has been
The bulk of Australia’s electricity is still generated by coal, and the
nation is one of the world’s worst per capita emitters of greenhouses