World’s largest Lithium-ion battery goes live in South Australia, courtesy Elon Musk

Tesla’s massive 100MW lithium-ion battery, the largest of its kind in the world and a project that won Elon Musk a $50 million bet, has gone live today in South Australia.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk boasted last year that he’d make the battery in 100 days or it’s free, and he did it with more than a month to spare.

This Friday, Jay Weatherhill, the state’s premier, flipped the switch on the massive battery, calling it “history in the making.”

The huge lithium-ion battery is fed from the nearby Hornsdale Wind Farm, and will support the reliability of South Australia’s power grid.

Elon Musk built the battery after a dare from Aussie tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes. Though Musk did have a bit of a head start, he had the battery built in 60 days.

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