Elon Musk: Tesla to Build World's Largest Lithium Ion Battery
Tesla has been awarded a contract to install the world's largest lithium ion battery. Under the agreement, the company will build the system within 100 days or else it's free—a promise CEO Elon Musk famously made in March to help solve South Australia's energy woes.
The billionaire entrepreneur spoke about the technology to reporters in Adelaide on Friday and claimed that the battery will be three times more powerful than any other storage system on Earth. Musk noted that "the next biggest battery in the world is 30 megawatts."
"This is not a minor foray into the frontier ... I'm pretty darn impressed with South Australia willing to do a project of this magnitude that is beyond anything else in the world," Musk said.
Tesla said its efforts were in response to a 50-year storm in September 2016 that damaged critical infrastructure in South Australia and caused widespread blackouts and left 1.7 million residents without electricity. The state has also been plagued by further blackouts from the heat of the Australian summer in early 2017.
"Upon completion by December 2017, this system will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world and will provide enough power for more than 30,000 homes, approximately equal to the amount of homes that lost power during the blackout period," Tesla said.
Tesla's Powerpack system will charge using renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm and then deliver electricity during peak hours.Tesla
South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill said the battery will protect the state from future energy-related crises.
"It will completely transform the way in which renewable energy is stored, and also stabilize the South Australian network as well as putting downward pressure on prices," Weatherill said.
Musk repeated his promise that if the system is not operational in 100 days, the technology will be provided for free.
"There will be a lot of people that will look at this—'Did they get it done within 100 days? Did it work?'" Musk said. "We are going to make sure it does."
The cost of the contract has not yet been announced, but failing to deliver the project in time would cost his company "$50 million or more," Musk said.
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By Andy Rowell
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The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a statement the Interior Department has directed it to cease its study on the potential health risks for people living near surface coal mines in Central Appalachia.
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"It bodes well for renewable energy on the grid during an event like this," said Eric Schmitt, a vice-president at California Independent System Operator that delivers most of the state's electricity.
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Well, however you decide to watch the solar eclipse today, NASA TV will be showing the "Eclipse Across America" with live video of the celestial event. The feed is already live with lots of handy information about today's unprecedented eclipse. So be sure to watch above.
"One out of three Americans lives within 50 miles of high-level nuclear waste, some of which, like Plutonium, is lethally dangerous and will be around for an incredible longtime," John Oliver explained last night on Last Week Tonight.
According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, there is more than 71,000 tons of nuclear waste stranded at 104 reactors. "It was a problem we should have solved in the 1980s," Oliver said, "much like a Rubik's Cube."
Despite years of using nuclear energy, the country still doesn't have a permanent facility for its storage, the comedian said. Oliver proposed what the U.S. really needs is some kind of "nuclear toilet."
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