Tesla says South Australia ‘represents the future’ for battery production

South Australia is now on the world map after a senior Tesla executive said the Australian state was the “future” of renewable energy technology.

This comes as South Australia Open The first 12 of 140 cross-border electric vehicle charging networks.

“Australia is a bit of a special case,” said Andrew Baglino, senior vice president of powertrain and energy engineering at Tesla. Said at the company investor day March 1st event.

Baglino also referenced data collected from 5,000 customers in South Australia to promote the benefits of the company’s electrical products.

But Baglino did not mention the 2021 lawsuit filed by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) against Hornsdale Power Reserve (HPR) for allegedly violating the National Electricity Regulations. From July 2019 he controlled between November.

In 2016, Tesla created the first and then largest ‘Powerwall 2 Battery’ known as the Honesdale Power Reserve to power over 5,000 homes in South Australia. The system went live in his November 2017 and reportedly had a “positive impact on the local network” in his first 100 days.

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The fence surrounding the site housing the Honesdale Power Reserve, which houses the world’s largest lithium-ion battery made by Tesla, is unveiled on December 1, 2017 near the South Australian town of Jamestown. Adorned with warning signs. (David Gray/Reuters)

South Australia’s wind and solar energy is reported to have the highest penetration of regional grid demand in the world. update the economy.

The company has also used its ‘success’ in South Australia to exponentially increase stationary storage to at least 1 terawatt-hour per year.

Tesla’s large battery at Honesdale Power Reserve in South Australia costs around $172 million (US$116 million) and can output 150 megawatts for up to 77 minutes.

Musk Announces Renewable Energy Plan

At Tesla’s Investor Day event in Texas, CEO Elon Musk announced the company’s plans to become the world’s leading driver in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Known as “Master Plan 3,” the plan is expected to cost the company about $10 trillion.

“We wanted today to be not just for Tesla investors who own shares, but for everyone who is investing in the planet,” Musk said.

“There is a clear path to a sustainable energy planet. There is no need to destroy natural habitats.

Musk said Tesla plans to build new car and battery factories and increase annual output at existing plants.

Tesla, meanwhile, says it is playing a key role in South Australia’s use of battery storage to replace fossil fuels “one plant at a time.”

Mike Snyder, Head of Tesla Megapack, said:

“They tried[without the VMM]and it didn’t work. The virtual machine is like synthetic inertia, making the battery power plant, through software, literally behave like a giant spinning machine.

“And that inertia keeps the grid stable.

“You just have a battery in it, and you can program it to whatever you want in that part of the grid, or even dynamically change it as grid conditions change.”

The company advertises the cost-effectiveness of electrical products

According to Baglino, the average monthly cost for South Australian customers was $140.

But if the customer owned the solar and Powerwall and proposed a software operation that worked in an “intelligent” way, this cost was reduced to $61 per month.

“This is what happened in South Australia last year. It specifically represents the future of South Australia, where solar and wind provided 70% of South Australia’s energy in 2022,” Baglino said. increase.

“This is comparable to 30% in Texas and 35% in California, which shows where both centralized and decentralized storage resources are headed, and fully renewable We provide the keys to unlock the grid.”

in the meantime, canster blue reported that the Tesla Powerwall 2 would cost over $15,000 (US$10,118) plus $1,000 to $2,000 for hardware support or installation.

moreover, Selection Some households report that it can take about 8 years to recoup their investment, while others can take up to 20 years.

Various economic attractions

Damien Moyse, CEO of Renew, a sustainability non-profit, said solar with battery systems is economically attractive to Australian homes, but its appeal depends on location, home type and Depends on your energy usage, Choice reports.

“It is no exaggeration to say that more homes can be recovered in 10 years. [than in 2015]but many homes still don’t,” he says. says.

Battery prices, on the other hand, haven’t fallen as fast as solar panels, which haven’t fallen 95% in less than a decade.

“Although the cost of battery technology has dropped significantly internationally, other costs associated with battery installation in Australia, including labor and other components, are still relatively high,” Moyse said. .

moreover, market watch The Powerwall system has more capacity than most batteries on the market today, but it can’t be purchased separately from Tesla and is reportedly more expensive than other solar storage options.