Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk is a man of his words. He’d promised last spring that his company would install world’s largest storage battery in South Australia – that too, within 100 days of signing the contract or it would be free of cost! The contract was signed on September 29 and the battery got activated on December 2.
On December 14, the Loy Yang coal power plant — one of the largest in Australia — suddenly went offline. 600 miles away, the Tesla battery kicked in within 140 milliseconds. It reacted so quickly, in fact, that the local grid operator was unable to measure the response time accurately.
State energy minister Tom Koutsantonis told local radio station 5AA afterwards, “That’s a record and the national operators were shocked at how quickly and efficiently the battery was able to deliver this type of energy into the market. Until now, if we got a call to turn on our emergency generators it would take us 10 to 15 minutes to get them fired up and operating which is a record time compared to other generators,” Mr Koutsantonis said