Tesla switches on the world's biggest battery

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The world's biggest lithium ion battery, built by Tesla, was switched on on Friday in South Australia, ahead of the State Government's deadline of the beginning of the summer, and well ahead of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's self-imposed deadline of "100 days or it's free".

The battery dispatched a maximum of 59 megawatts of power.

In return, the South Australian Government will have the right to use the battery to prevent load-shedding blackouts. Though Musk did have a bit of a head start, he had the battery built in 60 days.

The 100-megawatt Li-ion battery is paired to a neighbouring wind farm called Hornsdale Wind Farm, owned by a private French firm Neoen, to bring greater reliability and stability to the state's electricity grid.

More importantly for the residents of South Australia, they hope the Tesla's Powerpack system can begin to solve some of the massive energy problems experienced over past summers plagued by blackouts, noted the publication. That's no small feat considering the battery is the size of a football field and is capable of powering 30,000 homes.

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Today the state of South Australia announced that that battery-the world's largest-is now online, reports CNBC.

Tesla, the United States technology giant, has started up the world's largest battery and plugged it into South Australia's power grid.

South Australia suffered a severe blackout a year ago that left 1.7 million people without electricity, prompting Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to lash out at state regulations that encouraged what he believed to be a too heavy a reliance on renewable energy: the Australian Energy Market Operator found that the blackout was caused by too sensitive protection mechanisms at some windfarms in South Australia. This is especially important given that this state gets a whopping 40 percent of its electricity from wind energy.

Meanwhile, Tesla's Elon Musk has expressed eagerness to compete to fund, build & operate a high-speed transport connection between Chicago O'Hare Airport and downtown.

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