Tesla to build world’s largest lithium ion battery in Australia – in 100 days

Author: Spencer Ogden
Date posted10/Jul/2017
Author: Spencer Ogden

Tesla and French energy company Neoen are building the world’s largest lithium ion battery for South Australia.


The 100MW/129MWh battery will operate at all times and be connected to a wind farm, big enough to power 50,000 houses and puts South Australia at the forefront of global energy storage technology. If the system is not operating within 100 days, Tesla will provide the infrastructure for free.


"This system will be three times more powerful than any system on earth." When asked how much it would cost him if the project wasn’t delivered on time, Musk said: "A very large sum of money. Probably $US13 millions or more. A lot."


The partnership is the result of a bet taken by Tesla’s founder and CEO, Musk, in March, in which he said Tesla could deliver an operational battery-powered energy system to the state that would prevent blackouts within 100 days, or it would be free.


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