Some 30,000 households in southern Australia can now say goodbye to frequent power outages thanks to Tesla’s activation of the world’s most powerful battery.
Located in Jamestown, about 200 km north of Adelaide in the state of South Australia, the giant lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 100 megawatts, about 1/16 that of the Manic-5 powerhouse in Quebec.
According to CNN, it is three times more powerful than the previous record holder.
The battery, which will start working on Thursday, is used to store the energy produced by an adjacent wind power plant. When the demand for electricity increases or production decreases, the battery goes into action to power up to 30,000 homes in the surrounding area for an hour.
South Australia, a large part of which is deserted, suffers from frequent power outages that complicate the lives of its inhabitants.
Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, had bet on Twitter that his company would be able to build the stack in 100 days or less, failing which he would pay the bill himself. In the end, the Australian taxpayers will have to bear the costs, since the bet was raised in only 60 days.
Tesla installed Similar, but less powerful batteries in California, Hawaii, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and several Pacific islands.
Tesla also mentioned the idea of installing them in Puerto Rico, whose electricity grid was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria in September.