Elon Musk said once: I’m an engineer, so what I do is engineering. That’s what I’m good at. Mr. Musk proved that an engineer’s work and business know-how can lead to amazing results.
While the photovoltaic industry is experiencing rapid change, and countries like China, almost reached 35 gigawatts in 2017, majority of our energy still produced using fossil fuels. The world is experiencing many blackouts that is costing us, utilities and governments billions of dollars every year. After series of blackouts in Australia and Puerto Rico, Tesla’s Musk pushed himself in this industry and delivered the world’s largest grid-scale, power reserve battery that reached 31 MW in 2 mins. The 100 megawatts battery is the biggest lithium-ion system so far, but has a limited duration. Enough to keep almost 30,000 houses powered for an hour until traditional backup generation sources come on-line. Batteries at this scale, in 100 days is impressive and were not possible few years ago. This huge battery will help stabilise the grid in an area gets more than 40 percent of its electricity from wind energy, but needs help when the wind dies down, as per Reuters. It sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader renewable energy with battery storage.
Tesla innovation solved part of the problem. As we know most of the blackouts are caused by loosing power lines. We are expecting and hopping innovation leader such as Tesla effort will extend such great effort to improve energy flow and control, detect malfunctions, and automate power plants and distribution systems. Will 2018 carry more good news from Tesla? We hope so.