Thursday 19 April 2018

Pictured: The world's largest lithium-ion battery has just been plugged in to the Australian state grid

A worker checks the main gate for the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
A worker checks the main gate for the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
Warning signs adorn the fence surrounding the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
A worker checks the fence for the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill and Deputy CEO of Neoen, Romain Desrousseaux unveil a plaque during the official launch of the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill speaks as he stands next to a plaque during the official launch of the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
Officials and workers gather outside the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
Officials and workers gather outside the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill walks around the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
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Tesla has plugged the world's largest lithium-ion battery into the Australian state grid.

The project was promised by chief executive Elon Musk, who said his company would develop the 100-megawatt battery within 100 days of contracts for the project being signed at the end of September.

A worker checks the fence for the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
A worker checks the fence for the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

If the company did not, Mr Musk said he would hand the battery to the South Australia state government for free.

South Australia premier Jay Weatherill said the battery had begun dispatching power to the state grid on Thursday, providing 70 megawatts as temperatures rose above 30C (86F).

South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill and Deputy CEO of Neoen, Romain Desrousseaux unveil a plaque during the official launch of the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill and Deputy CEO of Neoen, Romain Desrousseaux unveil a plaque during the official launch of the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

The official launch coincided with the first day of the Australian summer - the season when power usage soars due to use of air-conditioning.

Officials and workers gather outside the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
Officials and workers gather outside the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
Officials and workers gather outside the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
Officials and workers gather outside the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill walks around the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill walks around the compound housing the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world's largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, during the official launch near the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

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