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Tesla Announces to Built world's largest battery in South Australia

Tesla is teaming up with French based renewable energy company Neoen to build the world's biggest lithium-ion battery in South Australia. Tesla CEO Elon Musk jetted into Australia this afternoon to make the announcement, saying the battery will be "three times more powerful than anything else on earth.


Tesla won a offer to provide a Power pack battery with the capacity of 100 MW/129 megawatt-hours. The company says the battery will be charged using energy from the near Hornsdale wind farm and will transport energy during peak usage hours to help maintain supply across the state.

South Australia was knockout with a state-wide power outage in September 2016 when a storm knocked out supply from the state's transmission network. The problem left an area four times the size of the United Kingdom in the dark.


The head of Tesla's battery division came out to say the company could solve South Australia's power afflictions within 100 days, by supplying 100-300 MWh of storage -- enough to shore up supply across the state. Australian business man and Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes called him on his bet on twitter, and Elon Musk doubled down. 

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