World’s largest battery to be built in South Australia

25 Jul 2017

A consortium involving Tesla, French company Neoen and the South Australian Government will deliver what is reputed to be the world's largest lithium ion battery.

The 100MW/129MWh battery from US company Tesla will be paired with Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm and installed by the end of 2017 to secure South Australia’s power supply.

In a media release, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says he is thrilled with the selection of Neoen and Tesla. ‘[Their] experience and world leadership in energy security and renewables will help South Australia take charge of its energy future,’ he says. ‘Battery storage is the future of our national energy market, and the eyes of the world will be following our leadership in this space.’

The battery will operate at all times, providing stability services for renewable energy, and will be available to provide emergency back-up power if a shortfall in energy is predicted.

The deal will also bring other investments by Neoen and Tesla into South Australia’s economy. The selection of Neoen will also strengthen South Australia’s links with France’s high-tech sector and reinforce the state’s role in tackling global warming.

Romain Desrousseaux, Deputy CEO, Neoen, says his company is extremely proud to be working with the South Australian Government and Tesla to expand the Hornsdale Wind Farm in Jamestown.

‘At 100MW and 129MWh, the Hornsdale Power Reserve will become not only the largest renewable generator in the state but also home to the largest lithium ion battery in the world, with our company’s long-term, direct investment in South Australia growing to almost $1 billion since 2013.

‘Together, the South Australian Government, Neoen and Tesla will demonstrate that renewables can provide dependable, distributable power that will turn a new page in Australia’s energy future.’