The largest lithium-ion battery in the world that’s being built in South Australia is all set to enter final testing. Tesla, Inc. is building the battery for storing renewable energy.
The Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill, said that Tesla has completed installing battery power packs at Jamestown which is in the mid-north of the state where these are being linked to an adjoining wind farm.
The 100-megawatt battery will be energized and tested to check if it meets all energy market requirements and state government regulatory aspects, Weatherill continued.
According to him, the battery is targeted to be up and running by the coming summer. It will provide backup power as well as help in stabilizing the electricity network of South Australia.
The Premier was quoted, “While others are just talking, we are delivering our energy plan, making South Australia more self-sufficient and providing backup power and more affordable energy for South Australians this summer.”
He further said that housing the building of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery is not only a significant part of their energy mix but also leads to conveying the message that “South Australia will be a leader in renewable energy with battery storage.”
Additional elements of the state’s energy plan that costs $530 million include an endorsement for a solar thermal power plant in Port Augusta and an installation of emergency generation by the government.
Tesla’s plan of the battery was launched last year after the blackout of severe storms across the state, which was followed by a highly influential load-shedding across Adelaide this year.
The Tesla battery will be launched officially by next week.