Tesla completed its 100 megawatt Powerpack battery in South Australia within 100 days, as promised by CEO Elon Musk.
The 100 megawatt battery will be used as a backup system in South Australia to fight the crippling electricity blackouts in the state.
The Powerpack system is designed to lower the intermittency issues and fulfill the increasing demand during the summer when the loading periods are at its peak.
The world’s largest lithium-ion battery will hold enough energy to power 30,000 houses, exactly the number of houses that were affected by the long blackout in September 2016 which had ignited a nationwide debate about the security of energy supply.
In case there is no breeze at the Hornsdale Wind Farm, the system will backup 30,000 homes for eight hours or 60,000 homes for four hours.
Elon Musk had aggressively made a bet on Twitter saying that his company would complete the project within hundred days or else it would be completely free. That were some tough words to keep, but not for the futuristic Musk who saved himself $50 million by effectively completing and installing the battery (for testing), days before the deadline.
According to the South Australia government, the Tesla Powerpacks have been successfully installed on a site near a wind farm north of Adelaide. The battery will be tested in the coming days to check whether it meets the standards laid out by the energy market operator.
“An enormous amount of work has gone in to delivering this project in such a short time,” stated South Australian Premier Jay Weatherhill on Thursday. “The world’s largest lithium ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix.”
The system will be paired with French firm Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm that is located near Jamestown, about two hours from Adelaide.
Mr. Weatherhill, who will be joining the Tesla representatives next week to officially launch the system, said that the battery “has put South Australia and Jamestown on the map as a world leader in renewable energy with battery storage.”
Musk has always been very confident about his company’s capabilities and has accomplished numerous projects successfully before the deadline. Tesla had also delivered a huge battery project earlier in Southern California just within 90 days.