Elon Musk's massive battery is up and running in South Australia

Tesla's South Australia battery starts delivering power a day early

Tesla powers on massive battery as South Australia prepares for summertime energy demands

Premier Jay Weatherill is due to visit the battery site - alongside the Hornsdale windfarm near Jamestown in the state's mid north - tomorrow, to mark its official opening on the first day of summer.

World's largest lithium-ion battery is now up and running in South Australia, and it's all thanks to Musk and Tesla.

But, can a Li-ion battery power an entire town or towns?

Tesla's South Australia battery starts delivering power a day early

Weatherill came under fire previous year after the entire state went black following a major storm, and raced to shore up the state's grid with a A$510 million ($385 million) plan, including ordering the big battery and installing diesel-fueled turbines. Though Musk did have a bit of a head start, he had the battery built in 60 days. The idea was that the battery would have the capacity to power over 30,000 homes in the event of severe blackout for at least an hour.

The battery farm launches today after extensive regulatory testing that took place to test the battery's ability to charge to, and from, Australia's National Energy Market and also act as a generator.

Tesla, the USA technology giant, has started up the world's largest battery and plugged it into South Australia's power grid.

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South Australia, which relies heavily on solar and wind-generated energy, has been scrambling to find a way to bolster its fragile power grid since the entire state suffered a blackout during a storm a year ago. However, supporters of the new solution say that it will help stabilize the state's power grid that derives more than 40 percent of its electricity from wind energy, but needs helps when the wind dies down, especially during summers.

"Storage can respond within a fraction of a second".

If so, Musk is about to double his profits, after winning the bet with fellow tech entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes, who has agreed to settle his 50 million dollar bet with Musk.

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In a politically charged debate, opponents of the state's renewables push have argued that the battery is a "Hollywood solution" in a country that still relies on fossil fuels, mainly coal, for two-thirds of its electricity.

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