World’s biggest lithium ion battery set for final testing

South Australia’s premier Jay Weatherill says that the world’s largest lithium ion battery is ready to be energised and tested. The battery is being built by Tesla to store renewable energy.

South Australia’s premier, Jay Weatherill, announced on Thursday that Tesla has now finished installing the battery powerpacks at Jamestown, where they are connected to an adjacent wind farm.

The 100-megawatt battery is set to be energised in the coming days and tested to ensure it complies with energy market and state regulatory requirements.

The battery should be in place by the summer and will provide the state with backup power.

“While others are just talking, we are delivering our energy plan, making South Australia more self-sufficient, and providing back up power and more affordable energy for South Australians this summer,” said Weatherill.

“The world’s largest lithium ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix, and it sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader renewable energy with battery storage.”

The $550 million energy plan was launched in March with the aim of delivering cleaner, more affordable and more reliable energy to South Australians. The French renewable energy company Neoen and Elon Musk’s company Tesla were awarded the contract to build a battery to store renewable energy and provide backup power as needed.

Following Weatherill’s announcement, Elon Musk tweeted: “Congratulations to the Tesla crew and South Australian authorities who worked so hard to get this manufactured and installed in record time.”

Musk put a self-imposed deadline of 100 days to deliver the project after the agreement was signed in September. Had he failed to meet the deadline, he would have delivered the project for free, saying it would cost him “probably $50 million or more”.


Image credit: Tesla

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