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Tesla says it can fix Australia's power problems in 100 days

 

Innovative tech giant Tesla says it can fix Australia's power problems in just 100 days.

It believes it powerwall batteries could provide the solution to the energy issues that have recently plagued South Australia, as well as provide back power to the rest of the country.

"If you had storage deployed during the blackout [in] South Australia you wouldn't have had the blackout," said Tesla's Vice-President Lyndon Rive.

Mr Rive said it would cost just $66 million per 100 megawatts to install up to 300 megawatts of grid-scale battery storage.

So long as there was a change in electricity market rules, Tesla could provide this power plan and wouldn't even need a direct subsidy.

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300 Megawatts? Sounds like chicken feed! And where would they charge these batteries from?

they have all that renewable power that goes to waste unless you have storage capacity.It is the same as the home system just bigger.

All power generated has to be used or wasted , I am sure storage of different kinds is the future as long as govt don't interfere .

Very good point, it does not matter whether the power is being stored from traditional generation or green power, we need to be able to store the power that is wasted during peak production/low usage periods.

Governemnt interferance from any side will be political and will lead to missenterpretation of actual capacity verses usage data.

I think that the starting point for Teslar, if they wanted to use Australia as a test case, would be for them to set up the storage facility and then aproach all of the current Solar/Wind  Power Households who are being ripped off by the Power Companies.  If they offered them a fair price for the power being fed back to the grid they would take over most of that production.  This could be achieved with minimal infrastructure costs as the collectors and inverters have already been paid for by the householder.

The government would have to come to the party by making the power companies give Teslar access to the network, this should not be too difficult for them to negotiate allowing for the amount of tax payer money wasted by them on GOLD PLATING outdated infrastructure.

A good proportion of our energy needs could be met by ensuring a fair price is paid for energy generated by the home owner and fed back into the grid.  I can not see why power companies get away with only paying half of the prices it charges to supply for green power sent back into the grid?

The realty is that because of govts interference the electricity companies have to buy power they do not want . 

Power has to be provided 24/7 according to demand which is well calibrated and has to come from base load.

Energy storage is the future whether it is Tesla or a competitor and lithium storage is but one of the emerging technologies playing out.

The coal industry will be fighting tooth and nail and bribing politicians to kill off the renewable competitors but it is only holding back the torrent which will eventually swamp it no mater how much corrupt money it shovels into political coffers.

Go Tesla.  I am counting the days before I swithc off the grid.

I agree storage is the future for all power generation . We should not play favourites with who can gives us supply at the cheapest rate.  

Storage already takes place it's called dams . 

I agree storage is the future for all power generation . We should not play favourites with who can gives us supply at the cheapest rate.  

Storage already takes place it's called dams . 

It is not aqll about "cheap" Brocky.  This is a far bigger issue than that and whilst in time solar is abundant and free in th einterim it may cost us the same or fractionally more.  none of us should begrudge paying a few cents more to save the planet which sustains all humanity.

Bet this farmer is also counting the days until he can get off the grid too Mick. Think we're all experiencing these type of price increases.

Some farmers are switching to diesel which is even dirtier IMO.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-09/rural-businesses-turn-to-diesel-power-as-electricity-prices-soar/8339346

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