Tesla stood up to its word and built a massive battery made of lithium-ion last year in the month of December. This company did this in a South Australian region that was suffering from frequent blackouts and power outages.
Tesla’s innovation, according to Elon Musk, can solve the severe power problems in the region. This huge battery of 100MWh supplies energy to thousands of houses at a cost less than the price of the machine itself.
An assortment of batteries had been fixed in a wind farm close to Jamestown, the Mid North area in South Australia. These batteries are indicted with power which is channelized from the power generated in the mentioned wind farm. It is the output from these batteries that provides steadiness to the existing power network.
Mike Cannon-Brookes, the co-CEO and co-founder of Atlassian, a software company, is a strict advocate of renewable energy. Before these batteries were installed, in a tweet to Elon Musk, he enquired about the project that had been proposed. His tweet asked Musk about the seriousness of the bet. Brookes challenged him to assure 100MW to be generated in 100 days, if he (Brookes) pulls the strings to resolve the financial and political requirements.
Elon took the challenge and responded by guaranteeing Tesla’s installation of the system and its working within 100 days since the contract’s fulfilment. Failing which it’ll be wavered off the cost of its induction. Elon’s answer itself carried the weight of the seriousness of the project.
Tesla named the project the Hornsdale Power Reserve (HPR) and quickly worked its way around the contracts.
The company’s statements as mentioned in a blog:
Once the project is completed in December 2017, it’ll be the biggest battery storage made of lithium-ion. The power generated by it will be able to provide electricity to over 30,000 homes that’ll be nearly the same number of homes that were without power through the blackout phase.
This project of energy storage through grid scale application while being sustainable will also be able to resolve shortage of power, reduce irregularity, and survive the overload that happens during summers. Overall, it will achieve a better and a reliable electrical infrastructure in South Australia.
Aurecon, an infrastructure and engineering advisory company, has reported about the batteries for one year now. These Tesla batteries have been observed for the ways in which they have changed the way energy can be supplied in contemporary situation.
The system, which Neoen owns, and Tesla supplies, managed to deliver all the objectives of the project. It has reduced the instability that was prevalent through the state network for more than 12 months and has led to approximately $40 million reduction in the market of frequency control ancillary services (FCAS).
The induction of the largest batteries in the world, made of lithium-ion, has cost Tesla only $66million. This clearly means that in no more than 2 years the initial investment will be effectively restored.
The energy provided in the region in South Australia is the same as earlier, though it is more reliable, quicker, and with no emissions.
The energy leader at Aurecon’s, Paul Gleeson said:
In the energy division, HPR has proved to be a turning point and has highlighted the essential skills that are required in the department of electricity to improve and integrate larger fractions of renewables.
Just like what the South Australian government has done here with Tesla and Neoen, we must carry forward these innovative and progressive methods of approach.
Aurecon, on observing the accomplishment of Tesla’s batteries believes that there could also be benefits like improved energy consistency and reduced wholesale prices.