Indian origin British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has revealed plans to build worlds biggest Lithium-ion Battery in South Australia. GFG Alliance owned Simec Zen Energy has agreed to build a 120-megawatt battery to outrun Tesla’s 100 megawatt battery.
In November last year, Tesla have completed the construction of their biggest battery that holds the current record in South Australia. Now Sanjeev Gupta is planning to build a bigger battery in the same Australian state. The new system that is being build in Port Augusta, boasted to install 120-megawatt be able to produce 140-megawatt-hour. As compared to Tesla’s 100-megawatt which produces 129-megawatt-hour system at Jamestown.
GFG will use this battery at 200-megawatt solar farm at Whyalla steelworks. They last year added steel operations to iron ore mines in Australia. The big battery project will provide grid stability and act as buffer to power the outages. The system will underpin the plants long term viability and also help the south Australian grid.
These systems are very crucial for places like Australia where Fossil Fuels are not that abundant as the rest of the world. More and more research is going on in Australia to develop advanced battery solutions and power sources. The region also gets one of the deepest penetrations in the wind and solar energy sources.