South Australia has turned on the largest lithium-ion battery of the world, marking a revolution in the storage of renewable energy.
The 100 MW Li-ion battery was produced and delivered to the state by the technology giant Tesla, well before the 100 days deadline that its CEO Elon Musk had promised.
Musk had said that he would provide the battery free if the could not deliver it within the 100 days deadline. But it took just 60 days to deliver the battery.
South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7. The world’s biggest lithium ion battery. History in the making. @Tesla #cleanenergy #renewables pic.twitter.com/QCDfr1gob4
— Jay Weatherill (@JayWeatherill) December 1, 2017
The battery has a capacity to power 30,000 homes for up to an hour in the event of a blackout.
The government of South Australia had been heavily criticised for its pro-renewable policies due to frequent black-outs last year, following which Musk agreed to help the state.