Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Adelaide, Australia (4E) – The world’s biggest lithium-ion battery system located in Western Australia was switched-on Dec.1 and is now delivering 70 megawatts of power throughout the state.
Tesla’s “Powerpack” high-performance batteries for the grid has the capacity to power 30,000 homes for up to an hour in the event of a severe blackout. Its total capacity is 100,000 MW.
The Powerpack system is installed near the Outback town of Jamestown, some 200 kilometers north of the state capital Adelaide. It stores energy generated by the nearby Hornsdale Wind Farm owned by French renewable energy company Neoen, to bring added reliability and stability to the state grid.
Tesla partnered with Neoen to build the battery system, which is more than three times larger than the previous record-holder at Mira Loma, California.
South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill announced that Powerpack began sending power into the state grid, providing 70 MW as temperatures rose above 30 degrees Celsius.
“South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7,” said Weatherill.
Powerpack is a fully integrated, AC-connected energy storage system with everything needed to connect to a building or utility network. It dramatically simplifies installation, integration and future support, offering system-wide benefits that far outweigh those of standalone batteries.
Tesla said every Powerpack houses the world’s most sophisticated batteries. Each Powerpack is a DC energy storage device containing 16 individual battery pods, a thermal control system and hundreds of sensors that monitor and report on cell level performance.
Pod architecture and onboard power electronics optimize performance across the array and enable easy swapping at any time.
Tesla founder Elon Musk promised to build the 100 MW system within 100 days of the contracts being signed at the end of September or hand it over to the South Australia state government for free. Trump won that bet.
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