Elon Musk's massive battery is up and running in South Australia

Tesla Builds World's Biggest Battery in Australian Outback

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The size of the battery is similar to the American football field.

In return, the South Australian Government will have the right to use the battery to prevent load-shedding blackouts.

"Today's launch follows a successful period of regulatory testing that ensured the battery's ability to both act as a generator and charge to and from the National Energy Market", South Australia said on December 1.

The world's biggest lithium-ion battery has plugged into an Australian state grid, an official said Friday, easily delivering on Tesla Inc. chief executive Elon Musk's 100-day guarantee. The delivery is also ahead of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's self-imposed deadline of "100 days or it's free". However, the battery is more likely to be called into action to stabilize electricity supplies at less critical times.

South Australia, which relies heavily on solar and wind-generated energy, has been scrambling to find a way to bolster its fragile power grid since the entire state suffered a blackout during a storm previous year. Kathpal, who is also chairman of the U.S. Energy Storage Association, has said that investing so heavily in energy storage is an important piece of Australia's continued commitment to renewable energy.

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Earlier this year, everyone's favourite entrepreneur turned scientist/engineer made a bet that he could build the world's largest lithium battery within the space of 100 days.

Jay Weatherill stated now, the South Australia is competing others in the rival of making renewable energy and it has made the history in the making.

It is expected to provide an opportunity for Hornsdale Power Reserve to sign competitive long term contracts with medium-sized business directly. That's great news for a transition to renewables, but the wind is not always blowing; over the past 18 months, the region has suffered a series of blackouts.

Although the country still relies on fossil fuels for two-thirds of its electricity, wind energy is a large contributor in South Australia.

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