SA battery has already come to the rescue in peak usage period

  • SA battery has already come to the rescue in peak usage period

SA battery has already come to the rescue in peak usage period

The 100-megawatt battery, built by Tesla, was officially activated on Friday. 59MW of power was dispatched from the battery to support peak energy demands on Thursday.

However, the title of world's biggest battery may be transferred as soon as February, with South Korea's Hyundai Electric and Energy Systems Co. planning to build a 150-megawatt lithium-ion unit in South Korea's southeast by February.

Elon Musk's promise to build the world's largest lithium-ion battery within 100 days is set to be fulfilled today, with the Jamestown facility ready to flick the "on" switch.

In a Twitter exchange in March, an Australian software entrepreneur asked Mr Musk if he was serious about helping South Australia after it suffered a statewide blackout.

The battery has been tested over the past week after construction was completed ahead of time, showing its flexibility, and value.

It is paired to the neighbouring Hornsdale Wind Farm, owned by French company Neoen, to bring added reliability and stability to the state's electricity grid.

The Powerpack project cost roughly around $50 million - and Tesla finished around 40 days before the deadline.

"South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7", state Premier Jay Weatherill said Friday at the launch to coincide with the first day of the summer season. The battery project can power around 30,000 homes for one hour, and was called upon a day early to help meet peak demand, dispatching around 59 MW of power.

Tesla has been expanding its battery business alongside its auto production.