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Sunday, December 03, 2017

The world's largest lithium ion battery has begun dispensing power into an electricity grid in South Australia. The 100-megawatt battery, built by Tesla, was officially activated on Friday. It had in fact provided some power since Thursday due to demand caused by local hot weather. South Australia has been crippled by electricity problems in recent times. Tesla boss Elon Musk famously vowed to build the battery within 100 days -- a promise that was fulfilled.

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Article doesn't mention how it gets charged.

#1 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-12-04 10:27 AM | Reply

#1: "Located near Jamestown, about 200km (125 miles) north of Adelaide, the battery is connected to a wind farm run by French energy company Neoen."

#2 | Posted by Daniel at 2017-12-04 10:51 AM | Reply

Thanks, read the article on my phone and i must have filtered it out thinking it was part of that ad just below it.

#3 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-12-04 11:02 AM | Reply

No mention of the cost which provides power to 30,000 homes for one hour, a 100MW/hr battery.

#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-04 11:24 AM | Reply

I hope that facility has good security. Big oil is not above criminal sabotage of anything that threatens their profits.

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-04 01:42 PM | Reply

Article doesn't mention how it gets charged.

#1 | Posted by Lohocla

Wind.
AKA - GOD
AKA - something corporations can not own or monopolize, therefore they must fight against it.

reneweconomy.com.au

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-04 01:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4 | Posted by bayviking

It's more about stabilization of the grid. Preventing things from popping and becoming Brown outs/Black outs.

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-12-04 08:12 PM | Reply

I wonder where all the Lithium came from?

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-04 08:12 PM | Reply

Forget about the lithium, cobalt is the most conflict-ridden material in the world.

#9 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-12-05 10:42 AM | Reply

In times of low demand the battery will charge. In times of high demand it will supply extra capacity.

The extra capacity can be accessed immediately without needing to wait like they do to fire up an extra unit at a plant

#10 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-05 10:51 AM | Reply

I wonder where all the Lithium came from?

#8 | Posted by REDIAL

I find it very interesting that the people who are always so concerned with lithium mining aren't concerned at all with fossil fuel extraction, burning, climate change, Co2, and all the other toxins in car exhaust or coal plant emissions.

In other words, they're FAKE environmentalists, PRETENDING to care about an environmental issue, in order to protect their fossil fuel masters. Same as the fossil fuel whores who pretend to care about windmills killing birds, when they're silent about the fact that fossil fuels kill far more.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-05 11:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Musk is just like Tesla was. He promises something great and can't make it work, so instead he just creates a bigger version of something that already exists and thinks it's innovative. Batteries have already been proven by scientists (many of them the same ones who champion global warming) that they are one of the least inefficient forms of providing energy. They cost too much, require repair/replacement too often, and waste too much (anthro and efficiency). Building a power plant would have provided a much more efficient form of power and it would have been sustainable. The concept of wind to battery is nice but too much energy is lost that it means the wind plants will be losing power overall compared to what they could provide directly to endpoints. Musk is the Steve Jobs of the power world...steals ideas and technology, makes something pretty, the world loves him for it regardless of how inefficient or lackluster it is...because it's SHINY!!!!

#12 | Posted by humtake at 2017-12-05 11:47 AM | Reply

Musk is just like Tesla was. He promises something great and can't make it work, so instead he just creates a bigger version of something that already exists and thinks it's innovative. Batteries have already been proven by scientists (many of them the same ones who champion global warming) that they are one of the least inefficient forms of providing energy. They cost too much, require repair/replacement too often, and waste too much (anthro and efficiency). Building a power plant would have provided a much more efficient form of power and it would have been sustainable. The concept of wind to battery is nice but too much energy is lost that it means the wind plants will be losing power overall compared to what they could provide directly to endpoints. Musk is the Steve Jobs of the power world...steals ideas and technology, makes something pretty, the world loves him for it regardless of how inefficient or lackluster it is...because it's SHINY!!!!

#12 | Posted by humtake

Big block of ignorance right there.

Fox news and the other fossil fuel puppets tell you elon musk BAAAD and you spew it right back out without any actual knowledge.

Who invented the combustion engine? YOu'd have to google it. Who brought the combustion engine car to the masses? Henry Ford. That's how great innovators work. They take scientific advancements and commercialize them, and build fame and fortune in the process.

Yet you're WHINING about it for some reason.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-05 01:23 PM | Reply

Fox news and the other fossil fuel puppets tell you elon musk BAAAD and you spew it right back out without any actual knowledge.
Who invented the combustion engine? YOu'd have to google it. Who brought the combustion engine car to the masses? Henry Ford. That's how great innovators work. They take scientific advancements and commercialize them, and build fame and fortune in the process.
Yet you're WHINING about it for some reason.

#13 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2017-12-05 01:23 PM | REPLY

He probably thinks Thomas Edison was an inventor.

Thomas edison was an entrepreneur who employed a lot of inventors who he paid next to nothing but took credit for their work.

#14 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-06 12:38 PM | Reply

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