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Tesla Inc won an Australian contract to install the world’s largest grid –scale battery.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, known for his bold approach to cars, clean energy, and space exploration, trumped dozens of competing proposals to build the biggest lithium ion battery that will serve as emergency back-up power for South Australia a state racked by outages.

 

The project likely involves linking hundreds of smaller battery modules within of 100 days of contract agreement deadline, which might be  tight. The battery,  designed to light up 30.000 homes if there is a blackout, will be built on a wind farm operated by France’s Neon, parts of which are still under construction.

 

Ian Lowe a professor of science at Australia’s Griffith University  says,” cost effective storage of electrical energy is the only problem holding us back from getting all of our power from wind and solar.”





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