Elon Musk: I can fix South Australia power network in 100 days or it’s free

The Tesla founder says he can build a 100 MW battery storage farm within 100 days or offer the organizations of the system free of charge

Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of electric car giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments, saying he can solve the states energy woes within 100 days or hell deliver the 100 MW battery storage system for free.

On Thursday, Lyndon Rive, Teslas vice-president for energy products, told the AFRthe company could install the 100 -3 00 megawatt hours of battery storage that would be required to prevent the power shortages that have been causing price spikes and blackouts in the country.

Thanks to stepped-up production out of Teslas new Gigafactory in Nevada, he said it could be achieved within 100 days.

Mike Cannon-Brookes, the Australian co-founder of Silicon Valley startup Atlassian, on Friday tweeted Elon Musk, asking if Tesla was serious about being able to install the capacity.

Musk replied that the company could do it in 100 days of the contract being signed, or else offer it free, adding: That serious enough for you?

Elon Musk (@ elonmusk)

@mcannonbrookes Tesla will get the system installed and running 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?

March 10, 2017

SA Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young replied to Musk: Lets talk!

Rive, Musks cousin who co-founded with him the solar energy outfit SolarCity, had said Teslas battery technology could address the power shortfall from the Hazelwood power plant close in Victoria, as well as SAs blackouts.

We dont have 300 MWh sitting there ready to go but Ill make sure there are, he told the AFR.

Tesla recently completed an installation of an 80 MWh grid-scale battery farm in southern California within merely 90 days, which expense $100 m US.

Repeated blackouts in SA since September last year have triggered a political brawl over energy policy, with all federal departments blaming the failures on the use of renewable technologies. The most recent blackout was in early February; the Australian Energy Market Operator said there were many factors behind it, including higher demand than anticipated.

Grid scale battery storage could help to even out cost spikes, avoid blackouts and improve reliability across the network.

Jay Weatherill (@ JayWeatherill)

@samregester we’re on it Sam

March 10, 2017

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency( Arena) recently approved a $450,000 grant to EnergyAustralia to investigate a pumped hydro energy storage project in the Spencer Gulf. That project has a capability to create about 100 MW with six to eight hours of storage.

In comparison, Tumut 3 hydroelectric station, Australias largest pumped hydro storage, has a capacity of 1,500 megawatts.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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