Tesla Commits to Build Largest Lithium Ion Battery Ever In Australia

 

When Elon Musk takes on a project, he doesn’t mess about.

World’s first 100% electric car brand?

Now it’s one the worlds largest car companies when measured via market cap. And it hasn’t even been a decade since the first Tesla rolled onto public roads.

Now the visionary industrialist is taking on public infrastructure, and is doing so in a bold fashion. South Australia has been struggling with power outages for a while, and it is getting to be a bit tense down under.

No worries though, because now Elon is on it. He has agreed to build the largest lithium ion battery ever for South Australia, and if it isn’t done in 100 days, it’s f***ing free. The battery will have a capacity of 100 megawatts, which is 70 megawatts larger then the next largest one.

This is the stuff of myth and legends.

Ripping Forward

One of the perennial arguments that the fossil fuel crew trots out against renewable sources like solar and wind is that they don’t produce base load. For those of you who don’t speak jargon, that means that they can’t produce electricity constantly, so when a usage spike hits, they may not be able to meet the demand.

Mr. Musk and the Tesla corporation are going to rid us of that pesky argument against sustainable power sources, and it is about time someone did.

But this is a lot bigger than just the world’s largest lithium ion battery, or a Australian state’s power issues. This is all about the genius of Elon Musk, and the realization of synergistic design relationships.

Not Just A Car Company

One could be forgiven for mistaking Tesla Motors for a car company. I get it, they make cars, sell them, the whole kit and caboodle.

Much like an iceberg, what the public sees of Tesla is only a very small part of what is really going on. To begin to appreciate the level of Elon Musk’s vision, just look at what he is able to do in this situation.

Situation: Problems making sustainable power generation work in OZ…there are blackouts!

Elon Musk (not a real quote): “No, no problem for me…I can have this done in a few months…or it’s free!”

Mr. Musk has created an logistical chain that is capable of solving large scale problems with public infrastructure, and that wasn’t even the purpose of the company. This should tell us something about the kind of changes he has planned for the world, and his skill at implementing his vision.

One of the biggest issues that sustainable power faces today isn’t the cost of generation, it’s the aging and archaic public infrastructure that new generation technology has to tie into. The power grid in the United States hasn’t changed much for the better part of a century, though other places in the world are more advanced.

What Elon Musk is designing isn’t a new car, nor even a new form industrial manufacturing. He has taken on a vision of a radically different world, and it starts with how we make, store and use electricity.

Maybe You Don’t Get it

The idea that Mr. Musk could offer to build a 100Mw lithium ion battery in 100 days or it’s free should be pause for thought.

What kind of company do you think could offer that sort of arrangement?

Many people have failed to understand why a “car company” that doesn’t turn a profit should have a market cap that is larger than most of the major automobile conglomerates. Well, maybe now the real potential of Telsa is coming into view.

This is an integrated production system that fills in all the voids. Tesla doesn’t need to make solar panels (though they do) or wind turbines, because they make the stuff that allows those technologies to be used at a consumer level.

Tesla allows public utilities to go 100% sustainable, without having to worry about base load generation with fossil fuels. They also create all the needed products for people to take that electricity, and use it for transportation.

And this is just what we can see at the moment. Who knows what the illustrious Mr. Musk has waiting in the wings?

Oh yeah…he owns a space travel company too…

[via bbc]

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