Tesla Completes the World’s Biggest Lithium-ion Battery in Australia in Record Time

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“Being different is a revolving door in your life where secure people enter and the insecure exit,” said Shannon Alder. These words can describe one man’s journey to success, that of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Why do I say this?

Well, the tech guru made a resounding announcement while unveiling of the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery.

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Lithium-ion battery plant Source: nhabitat.com

The clock for the 100 days began ticking on 29th September following Musk’s tweet to showcase his capability to deliver within the stipulated time. Many of Elon Musk’s critics believed that he was bluffing when he first announced that he would have the ‘mega battery’ delivered in Australia by December 1st.

Musk has just but done that, blowing off his skeptics and delivering the ‘goodies’ way ahead of his target time. If he were to fail in this ambitious promise, then he would part with a whopping bill amounting to $50million. Talk of cocking a gun on your head!

Bagging on a state’s misfortunes

So how did Tesla get the bid to set up the battery? It wasn’t straightforward as the company had to compete with90 other energy providers and emerge as favorites for the task. This was after the State government announced a $150 million funding to have a renewable energy project to be set up following a massive storm that hit South Australia in September 2016 that resulted into a widespread power outage.

However, Tesla’s motive to meet this deadline was quickly noted when signing the agreement with Australian authorities. By the time the deal was signed, Musk had already swung to action as battery packs had already been installed.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Source: techstunt.com

A lithium-ion battery is good news for South Australia

According to Tesla, the 100MW battery is expected to serve 30,000 households and can run for an hour or so when fully charged. The threshold is similar to that affected by the power outage experienced in the state. But before the battery-powered electricity is given the green light, several tests have to be conducted to assess the state of the facility.

South Australia is perceived as the most self-powered state thanks to its enormous wind projects set up here.Nevertheless, Tesla isn’t flying solo on this project as it collaborates with Neoen, a French energy company, to run the Hornsdale wind farm (situated north of Jamestown)

Time and again, Tesla has come out to share its vision of replacing fossil fuel with renewable and eco-friendly energy sources. This follows the launch of car Models S, X and 3. Musk hasn’t stopped at this has he launched the futuristic hyperloop that aims at providing efficient transportation.

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A great start, but it not over yet

It’s amazing how the tech guru has outdone himself, but that aside, the car startup company has to overcome several hurdles with the next challenge expected to present itself this coming summer. The season that runs from December to March is capped with enormous power consumption, according to Australian energy officials, with residents maximizing their AC generators just to cool off their bodies.

The announcement also comes against the backdrop of a major coal-powered plant been shut down back in March. This has had implications on Australia’s energy production thus expectations are high on Tesla’s baby.

What’s next for Tesla?

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk doesn’t fall short of ideas as he’s also the founder of SpaceX that specializes in space travel and Neuralink-working on brain chips implantation. This month Tesla launched the supercar Tesla Roadster 2.0 expected to hit the market by 2020.

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Tesla has a lot on its plate with a list of projects planned between 2018 and 2030. These include an electric pickup truck, a gigafactory in China by 2021 and the BFR cargo mission for Mars among others.

The electric car manufacturer has not fallen short of disappointment with prior failure to meet its projection with the Model 3 Sedan as only 260 cars were produced in October last year as opposed to 1500 anticipated.

This groundbreaking project also hints at the Musk’s company ability to establish charging stations countrywide for its models.