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ELON MUSK HAS FULFILLED HIS PROMISE

Elon MuskWith the aim of preventing blackouts, earlier this year, Elon Musk started building a vast megabattery for the outback in South Australia. These blackouts had been a major issue for the region. He also had a bet (upon which he wagered the cost of his project to an estimate of $50 million) and to be completed within just 100 days. Musk has completed and fulfilled his promise because he was able to build it in less than 100 days, now the local authorities will have to pay him $50 million for his giant battery.

Also a good news for the region, the extensive lithium-ion Tesla battery will even begin testing earlier than Musk’s December 1st deadline. After the storm just last year, the mentioned area was hit with a state-wide, major blackouts where the storm winds literally ripped transmission towers out of the ground.

In a statement, State Premier Jay Weatherill said, “South Australia is set to have backup power in place this summer through the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, which is set to be energized for the first time in the coming days as it enters a phase of regulatory testing.“

MEGABATTERY: The Life-Saver

These days, to ensure the energy availability, the battery capacity is becoming more and more important as renewable energy sources advances. Such a battery is fundamental in a place like the southern Australian outback where the occurrence of these blackouts are relatively common and dangerous.

In the megabattery that Musk developed, wind energy will be stored for use during emergencies.

Neoen, a French operated energy firm is where the megabattery will be connected. In the event of a crisis, this megabattery will be so enormous that it could hold enough energy to power and supply even a thousands of homes. It will also support Australia’s continued pursuit in switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and not just allow the state to be prepared in case of emergencies.

And as Australia takes careful steps towards their ultimate goals, achievements like the megabattery will allow for energy to be stored efficiently like that created from the wind farms.

Tesla to Build World’s Largest Battery in South Australia

PowerlinesThe billionaire founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, has announced to build the world’s largest lithium ion battery for the purpose of storing renewable energy in South Australia. Tesla has partnered with a French energy utility company called Neoen. Musk has promised to make the 100 megawatt (MW) battery farm in exactly 100 days and he was challenged by Mike Cannon- Brooke’s challenge which is also a massive tech company in South Australia. The Tesla-built battery will function around the clock and be able to provide additional power during the time of emergencies.

What is it?

The 129 megawatt hours (MWh) battery will be prepared by linking an array of lithium ion batteries to the wind farm called Hornsdale. This battery will be able to output 100 megawatts (MW) of power at a time and the larger one will be able to store 129 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy. If it is used at its full capacity, maximum output can be provided for more than an hour. Each Tesla commercial-scale powerpack batteries will be working in a modular network and is about the size of a large fridge which is basically 2.1 meters tall, 1.3 meters long and 0.8 meters wide. It would weigh about 1200 kilograms each. It will have greater storage than the next biggest lithium battery which was built by AES this year in South Carolina. The high power capacity will be available in quick bursts in order to keep the frequency in the right range.

Why is Tesla making it in South Australia?

The main reason of the agreement between French renewable energy provider and Neoen started with a bet placed by Elon Musk and CEO in March. The bet was if they couldn’t deliver an operational battery- powered energy system to the state within 100 days, they would give it for free. After an electricity grid interconnection agreement has been signed, Mr. Musk’s 100 days will start. Unlike before, large-scale battery storage is now both possible and workable.

The battery will put South Asia at the forefront of global energy storage technology. In South Australia, people are suffering from various electricity problems such as widespread load shedding at times and blackout lasted all over the state in September. Last September, about 1.7 million residents didn’t have access to the electricity for a duration of 2 weeks. This statewide blackout was caused by a 50-year stormed which damaged the core infrastructure. These numerous blackouts have caused a politically combative issue between the state and federal governments. In 2017, it was so humid due to the summer season in Australia. Hence, causing more blackouts that year. This motivated the South Australian Government to prepare an energy plan that cost around 550 million dollars in the near future.

SA wanted private sectors to be interested and keen to build as well as operate a big battery. In this process, taxpayers would contribute and the Government would have the authority to use the battery according to the demands of people. Besides Neoen and Tesla, 91 private sectors were interested but their bid was greatest among all.

How much will it cost?

Forbes published the news of Tesla’s world largest 100 megawatt (MW) battery farm to cost around 200 million dollars to 240 million dollars. According to reporters, the project would cost upto 150 million dollars set aside for the alternatives of renewable energy. By stabilizing the South Asian network, the pressure of the prices will become less. It will keep a lid on wholesale electricity prices as gas generators will find it difficult to increase prices up to great levels.

Lyndon Rive, battery division head of Tesla, initially suggested a price of 400 US dollars for 600 kWh. Due to this, the 100 megawatt hours (MWh) system would cost around 66 million dollars. On the other hand, the founder of Tesla itself had previously announced the prices will be significantly less than previously mentioned prices. He estimated the price of the system would cost around 33 million dollars.

What are the risks?

Tesla, Neoen and the South Australian Government have their reputation at risk because if this whole mission fails, hopes of many citizens will be let down. To add to this situation, Elon Musk has staked his credibility on building a huge working battery farm within a time limit of 100 days. This adds more pressure and risk to them. Even though, previously Tesla didn’t fail to accomplish a mission on a much smaller scale.

Whereas the South Asian governments need to commit to fixing recent multiple power problems that have occurred in the nation. If this Tesla and None’s  battery farm won’t operate until the start of summer season in the South Australia, residents of that place will be prone to more blackouts which also leads up to Jay Wetherill’s Labor Government heading to the polls next March.

Power Costs To Surge For Regional Queenslanders

Article From The Courier Mail 1 June 2017
Surging Power Prices
Regional Queenslanders will pay up to $110 a year more for electricity next year, but have avoided even larger planned increases. The Queensland Competition Authority wanted to push up the average household bill from $1490 to $1595 under its final decision on regulated prices, announced yesterday. The annual bill for a typical small business would have climbed by $200 to $2649. The rises were a surprise after QCA’s draft decision in February foreshadowed rises of less than $40 a year. Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced that the Government would fund a $770 million solar bonus scheme over the next three years to remove that cost from the networks. It means the average house-hold will pay $54 extra, instead of $105, and a small business $110 more, rather than $200. Mr Pitt said the Government was subsidising the bills through its Budget surplus. Opposition treasury spokesman Scott Emerson said: “What we are seeing here … is a money merry-go-round on electricity prices.” Origin yesterday said it would freeze prices for customers in its hardship program.

Source Marszalek, J & Templeton A, 2017. Power cost surges by up to $110. The Courier Mail, 1 June 2017. 12.

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