Friday, July 7, 2017

Massive Tesla battery should reduce power prices but won't prevent crippling SA blackouts, say experts

South Australia will attempt to ease pressure on its crisis-prone electricity grid with a world-leading battery station more than three times the size of its nearest rival, to be built by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.

A Tesla concept image for a wind farm and battery station.
The 100 megawatt lithium ion battery, which will harness power from a French-owned wind farm north of Adelaide, will store 129 megawatt hours of electricity, enough to power about 13,000 homes for 24 hours.

Experts welcomed the announcement, saying the battery would take pressure off the strained grid during peak periods, but warning it was no panacea for the shortages that have crippled the state's electricity grid.

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