Elon Musk and the World’s Biggest Lithium Ion Battery, produced for South Australia

BRENNER, ITALY – MAY 8, 2016: Tesla charging stations are located throughout EU to accommodate owners of the electric car.

South African entrepreneur Elon Musk, in companion with this challenging 100 days ambition, announced his new historic step on the industry’s electric revolution.

With the collaboration of the French company Neoen, the Tesla CEO plans to build a lithium-ion battery in South Australia, one that he promises also to be the biggest in the entire world. This battery will produce 129 MW per hour and they are planning to finish it just before summer.

It isn’t a revelation about Elon Musk that, with the support of all the companies that he owns at this moment (SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity), he is making something that no one has ever done: thinking green and making his projects grow in a massive scale.

With some sci-fi aspirations as sending the first colonisation space mission to Mars in 2022, we already have enough proof of how ambitious this man is. Now, the next disclosed move that we could see in an Adelaide press conference is a cheaper electricity plan for consumers; an alternative system that will store the energy produced by Neoen’s Horndale Wind Farm and provide energy to more than 30,000 homes.

Primarily, the project is directed to South Australia but, with the same confidence with which they assure to finish the project in less than 100 days, they also promote how advanced their products are and how much impact they will have to the world. Musk said himself that this “was beyond this world”, a project that envisions the future of energy storage.

The reason for storing big amounts of energy is that, in scenarios with no wind, there will be enough resources to provide. Through a process of competitive bidding this week, Tesla was selected to become the provider of a 100 MW / 129MWh energy storage system (powerpack), which is to be paired with the infrastructure of Neoen’s renewable energy wind farm located near Jamestown in South Australia. The estimated cost of this project could be around the $50 million or even more

This powerpack system produced by Tesla would transform in a long-term the direction of the entire country towards reliable renewable energy and influence into a more efficient modern grid. That is something that most of us approve, of course.

The collaboration is the work of both the South Australian Government along with Neoen, to produce a project which is not only sustainable but able to be used on the power grid to scale energy storage. This project will assist to solve South Australia’s growing problem with power shortages, intermittent supply and summertime peak load problems which exist due to the heavy reliance upon solar and wind renewable energy sources in South Australia

All this new information was presented to the media at the same press conference after a rough week for Tesla. The company’s shares suffered a 20-percent drop, something that is probably going to be solved soon enough.

Not only for the future of these companies but actually for the future of mankind, we should hope that this genuinely opens the eyes for more countries to work on and produce renewable energy plants and different projects that will boost the green way of economic growth.

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Miguel Alejandro Morales

Miguel Alejandro Morales

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