The making of world's biggest battery is half-way done, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced during an event at Jamestown in South Australia.
The making of world’s biggest battery is half-way done, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced during an event at Jamestown in South Australia. The battery with a capacity of 100MW/129MWh utility-grade is in the process of installation near the site of the 100MW Hornsdale Wind Farm, according to BBC. The battery will give continuous electric supply during power cuts, the report said.
Replying to an Australian software-billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, CEO Musk took to Twitter and wrote: “Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?” In March, Cannon-Brookes asked Musk if comments made by Lyndon Rive, Tesla’s vice-president for energy products, were accurate. Rive had claimed that the company could install between 100 to 300 megawatt-hours of battery storage within 100 days, as per inverse.com. If the company misses the deadline it will incur losses of about $50 mn.
Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 10, 2017
Earlier, Tesla won the bid and it paired with the French company Neoen to build the project. Neoen global COO Romain Desrousseaux told Business Insider that the system is a big battery, a battery big enough to power 50,000 houses – the biggest in the world. According to BBC report, the official countdown to the 100-day deadline began on September 30 after it was approved by Australian energy regulators. According to Nikkei Asian Review report, the battery cells for Tesla’s Powerpacks is usually manufactured by Panasonic, however, for this particular project Tesla chose Samsung. It was also reported that Samsung was better suited to supply the cells within Tesla’s 100-day deadline.