Completed in less than 100 days, does Elon Musk’s 100-megawatt Tesla Lithium ion battery the future of dispatchable renewable energy power generation?
By: Ringo Bones
The Tesla 100-megawatt lithium ion battery located in Jamestown, South Australia is the world’s largest so far – m9ore than 3 times larger than the previous record holder in Mira Loma, California. Constructed in partnership with the French renewable energy firm Neoen, the Tesla 100-megaawatt capacity Lithium ion battery stores the energy generated from the neighboring Hornsdale Wind Farm which is owned by French renewable energy company Neoen.
Tesla’s Elon Musk promised to build the 100-megawatt Lithium Ion Battery within 100 days of the contracts being signed at the end of September 2017 or the company would hand it over to the South Australia state government for free. Completed way ahead of schedule, it went online at the end of November 2017 running at 70-megawatt capacity. Given that the state of South Australia has been plagued by power cuts in recent years, South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill says “South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7.”
With the relatively high initial cost and the initial carbon footprint in its manufacture the only glaring disadvantages, large-scale lithium ion battery energy storage systems seems to be the way forward in current carbon neutral energy generation as a solution to where to store the unused energy generated by a typical wind farm. With its all-electric truck being rolled off a month before, it looks like Elon Musk’s Tesla has established itself as the leading player in the global clean energy production and transport.