The International Business Times just reported that “Elon Musk’s massive backup battery took just 140 milliseconds to respond to crisis at power plant”.
In new record, Elon Musk’s “backup battery took 0.14 seconds to respond to outage in south Australia.” State officials have called the response time “a record”.
State Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis says the investment in the battery has already proved its worth, exceeding expectations in its first test.
Last week, when the coal-fired Loy Yang power plant in Victoria tripped and went offline, the Tesla battery delivered 100 megawatts into the national electricity grid in 0.14 seconds. “That’s a record,” Koutsantonis told a local radio.
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.