The World's Biggest Lithium-ion Battery Launched in Australia on Friday

The World's Biggest Lithium-ion Battery Launched in Australia on Friday

The World's Biggest Lithium-ion Battery Launched in Australia on Friday

"The world's largest lithium ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix, and it sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader renewable energy with battery storage", Weatherill said of the battery when it was completed in November. That's no small feat considering the battery is the size of a football field and is capable of powering 30,000 homes. As of December 1, this Australian mega-battery has officially been switched on.

Today is a big day for Tesla and the residents of South Australia, as the company has turned on its massive Powerpack battery at Neoen's Hornsdale wind farm.

The maverick billionaire earlier this year offered on Twitter to build the battery farm in 100 days or give it free.

"This is history in the making", Premier Jay Weatherill said.

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

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The South Australia government announced its energy plan in March 2017.

Despite having a rapidly growing wind power (than the rest of Australia), South Australia has been facing a series of blackouts in the last 18 months after a devastating storm in April and since then the government had been facing a lot of criticism, prompting it to look for a solution.

Highlighting industry hopes for the take-up of battery storage, Tesla CEO Elon Musk visited the site some 225 kms (141 miles) north of the state capital Adelaide in July, hailing the battery as "just the beginning". "The ability to dispatch into the system when needed, also opens up the opportunity for Hornsdale Power Reserve to sign competitive long term contracts with medium-sized business directly", the statement continued.

The manufacturer, Tesla, says the lithium-ion device made up of PowerWall 2 batteries is the "largest" by storage and "most powerful" of its type in the world.

Some have called the battery a "Hollywood solution", which likely stems from the flashy nature of the battery's creation in a country that does still rely partly on fossil fuels.

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