An Australian official confirmed on Friday that the world’s largest lithium ion battery has been plugged into an Australian state grid. It’s creator none other than Tesla whose Chief Executive, Elon Musk had promised he would build it “within 100 days or free.”
South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill announced that the battery began dispatching power into the state grid Thursday afternoon. It provided 70 megawatts as temperatures topped 86 degrees.
“The completion of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in record time shows that a sustainable, effective energy solution is possible” – Tesla
The official launch of the battery came about 60 days after the deal was agreed upon. But more importantly, it came on the first day of the Australian summer. It is the season when power usage soars due to air conditioning use.
Tesla says the battery has the capacity to power 30,000 homes for up to an hour. Even in the event of a blackout. Tesla also added that it is more likely to be utilized to boost supply during peak demand periods.
“South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7” – Weatherill
Tesla partnered with Neoen to complete the project. It is more than three times larger than the previous record-holder at Mira Loma, Calif. Musk says “We are proud to be part of South Australia’s renewable energy future, and hope this project provides a model for future deployments around the world.”
Learn more about Tesla’s energy project here