The British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta will build in South Australia the largest battery in the world, surpassing the project of the founder of Tesla Elon Musk in the same state, the authorities announced on Friday.
SIMEC ZEN Energy, controlled by The GFG Alliance Group of the British industrialist, will install this storage battery with a capacity of 120 MW / 140 MWh, Port Augusta, in the north of the state.
It will support a new solar farm in being built at Whyalla Steelworks, taken over by GFC Alliance in its acquisition of Australian steel producer Arrium last year.
Sanjeev Gupta was awarded a $ 10 million Australian grant (6, € 3 million) from the Government of South Australia, which is seeking to develop renewable energies after the state was completely stripped of electricity in 2016 due to a storm.
" This announcement is another illustration of how South Australia (…) is a world leader in renewable energy, "said Premier Jay Weatherill in a statement.
"In addition to being the most powerful in the world, the SIMEC ZEN Energy battery will contribute to the long-term viability of Whyalla, while benefiting the South Australia grid."
Once built, the Port Augusta battery will exceed the capacity installed by Elon Musk in the rural community of Jamestown, north of Adelaide.
This lithium-ion battery (100 MW / 129 MWh) supplied by Tesla, a manufacturer of electric cars, built in less than 100 days, was connected at the end of 2017 with the aim of supplying 30,000 homes.
It is connected to a wind farm managed by Neoen, France's leading renewable energy company. [19659002Storageisoneofthekeystotheenergytransitionbecauseitabsorbsthesurpluselectricitygeneratedatcertainperiodstoreinjectitatatimewhenelectricitydemandisveryhighandthusoptimizeintermittentproduction
The vast continent-continent is one of the world's largest producers of coal and gas, and the blackout in South Australia has put the issue back on the map. it's energy security.
Aging coal plants were shut down. Added to the strong demand for Australian gas exports, the authorities are worried about a scarcity situation in the coming years.
M. Musk is working with South Australia to install solar panels and Tesla batteries in 50,000 homes, a project to turn residents' homes into a gigantic power plant.
This project, unveiled in February, is to to be financed by the sale of surplus electricity produced by the system.