“Tesla (TSLA), has teamed up with a French renewable energy firm and an Australian state government to install the world’s largest lithium ion battery.
Paired up with a wind farm in the state of South Australia, the battery will be three times more powerful than the next biggest in the world, Musk said at a news conference in the city of Adelaide on Friday.”
See Elon Musk promises world’s biggest lithium ion battery to AustraliaStoring energy during calm/dark times is a key factor in exploiting wind/solar energy. Sure, the energy is cheap and plentiful but if it’s not there when you need it, what’s the point?
Tesla is making that point with a commitment to set up a huge battery for an Australian wind-farm in 100 days or it’s $free. He’s pretty seriously believing that’s doable. Production and shipment must take a good fraction of that time, so he’s going to have a lot of labour or automation in place to set it up. Typically batteries need trays/racks to make use of space, bus-bars and connectors, a lot of connectors, to make it all work. Oh, yes, they’ll also need a few circuit-breakers and fire-extinguishers, I’d bet.
I’d bet on Tesla. They know how to do things or make the effort to figure it out in a hurry, just like their electric cars, PV rooftops, charging stations etc. Batteries should be easy. Mostly, they just sit where you put them.
I’d bet this project will win future sales too.