How Elon Musk's big Tesla battery is changing Australia's power landscape
Nick Harmsen |
08 April 2018
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.
- 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