About three months ago, Elon Musk committed on building in 100 days the largest battery ever, or the same would be provided for free. The deadline was due on December first, and it is now completed, and was completed days before the deadline, which means that Tesla will receive the $ 50 million the battery represents.
The project, which aims to feed South Australia, has a 100-megawatt lithium-ion battery as a source of energy storage, as well as a network of windmills, which will now start being tested 230 kilometers north of the country capital, Adelaide.
The idea is that this Tesla PowerPack, at the peak of its load, can power 8000 houses independently over a 24-hour period, or more than 30 000 houses for one hour in the event of a serious power failure. Also part of the project is a 250-megawatt gas generator, which will cost more than 360 million Australian dollars, and will probably be completed next summer, which represents a large chunk of the state-created project with a total budget of 550 million Australian dollars, that was created after the massive blackout that affected the state last year, which led to a heated debate at national level.
The importance of meeting this deadline is that Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, has promised Mike Cannon-Brookes of Atlassian that he would build the battery within 100 days or would provide it entirely free of charge, thus losing $ 50 million, and the timeframe began when Musk visited Adelaide in early September to sign the deal, though work has already been under way since July when he was asked to build the battery.
The purpose of the battery now completed by Tesla is to support the state power grid in situations of high energy consumption or natural phenomena that cause an overload of the network in order to eliminate the possibility of blackouts in the region, and the test phase that is now close, aims only to tune the battery to be optimized for the desired effect.