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How Elon Musk's big Tesla battery is changing Australia's power landscape

Nick Harmsen |  09 April 2018  |  Economics

The world's biggest lithium-ion battery — built by tech billionaire Elon Musk's company Tesla last year — has survived its first summer in South Australia's mid-north.

Key points

  • AEMO says the Hornsdale Power Reserve is capable of charging at a rate of 80 megawatts and discharging at 100 megawatts
  • It has a storage capacity of 129 megawatt hours
  • That means it could operate for about 75 minutes at full capacity

 

And according to a new report by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), it's outperforming coal and gas generators on some key measures.

Here's a look at how it's performed and its potential impact on the future of power in Australia

 


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