Monday, 23 July, 2018

World's largest lithium ion battery is go

Warning signs adorn the fence surrounding the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown Giant Tesla battery starts early
Frank Williams | 01 December, 2017, 09:47

The world's largest lithium-ion battery is about to be officially launched in South Australia as the state works to end its energy woes.

The battery power packs are installed near the Outback town of Jamestown, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of the state capital Adelaide.

"This is history in the making".

South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill announced Friday the battery began dispatching power into the state grid on Thursday afternoon, providing 70 megawatts as temperatures rose above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

"I want to express my gratitude to the workers who have constructed this battery - they have every right to be proud of what they've constructed".

The U.S. electric auto company was awarded a deal to build the battery earlier this year along with French renewable energy firm Neoen.

Tesla powerpacks, connected to Neoen's Hornsdale windfarm, are now operational and delivering power to the National Energy Market, providing system security services to South Australia.

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Tesla's PowerWall 2 is the building block of South Australia's mega battery.

South Australian taxpayers will be subsidising its operation with up to $50 million over the next 10 years.

Tesla partnered with Neoen to build the battery, which is more than three times larger than the previous record-holder at Mira Loma, California. The idea was that the battery would have the capacity to power over 30,000 homes in the event of severe blackout for at least an hour.

"We're in the process of testing that battery right now and we expect it to be ready on December 1", Zibelman told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

South Australia, which relies heavily on solar and wind-generated energy, has been scrambling to find a way to bolster its fragile power grid since the entire state suffered a blackout during a storm past year. The program is a key part of AEMO's plan to prevent unexpected blackouts this summer.

But they are likely to be heavy power users who volunteered to be directed to reduce their power usage under a "demand management" program.

Demand management gives the market operator about 1,000 MW of demand management and emergency generation to help balance demand in the grid.

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