Elon Musk’s Tesla is teaming up with French energy company Neoen and the State Government to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia.
The 100-megawatt (129-megawatt hour) battery will be joined with Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, SA.
According to Tesla, the project will be completed in December this year and will provide enough power for more than 30,000 homes, which is roughly how many were affected during SA’s blackout last September.
Musk, the closest thing we have to a real-life Tony Stark, flew into Adelaide earlier today to meet with the SA Government and announce the news.
“This system will be three times more powerful than any system on earth. This is not a minor foray into the frontier … it is going further into the frontier than anyone has gone before,” Musk said in a press conference.
This will be the highest power battery system in the world by a factor of 3. Australia rocks!! https://t.co/c1DD7xtC90
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2017
— Jay Weatherill (@JayWeatherill) July 7, 2017
In March, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull thanked Musk for an “in-depth discussion about energy storage”.
Thanks @elonmusk for a great in depth discussion today about energy storage and it's role in delivering affordable & reliable electricity
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) March 12, 2017
The two had spoken after Musk tweeted that he could help solve SA’s power woes in 100 days, or it would be free.
Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 10, 2017
But Turnbull isn’t exactly a champion of clean energy. He has wrongly blamed the blackout solely on renewable energy, despite experts saying this was not the case. Like U.S. President Donald Trump, he is also a fan of coal. Turnbull likes to moderate this by calling it “clean coal”, when in fact there is no such thing.
Perhaps Musk was throwing a bit of shade at Turnbull and Trump when he pointed out during the press conference what he thinks of the black stuff.
“The writing is on the wall for the long term future of coal,” Musk said. “When you go to investors they know coal doesn’t have a long-term future so the capital cost is very high because they have to charge a very high interest rate because they don’t expect it to last .”
Musk is a genius but you don’t have to be one to see that the future is in renewable energy.