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Tesla's Musk offers to fix South Australia's power crisis in 100 days

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Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk on Friday offered to save Australia's most renewable-energy dependent state from blackouts by installing $25 million worth of battery storage within 100 days, and offering it for free if he missed the target.

The offer follows a string of power outages in the state of South Australia, including a blackout that left industry crippled for up to two weeks and stoked fears of more outages across the national electricity market due to tight supplies.

Musk made the offer on social media, and the government said it could consider backing such a battery roll out by Tesla.

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  • Makes one wonder about the reliability of using renewable energy.  They're using  considerable amount of  windpower but have been beset by blackouts.

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  • How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewable power

    February 22, 2017 2.30pm AEDT
    Peak energy demand sometimes occurs when there’s no wind. Shutterstock


    1. Mark Diesendorf

      Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, UNSW

    Disclosure statement

    Mark Diesendorf previously received funding from the CRC for Low Carbon Living and the Australian Research Council.


    UNSW Australia

    UNSW Australia provides funding as a member of The Conversation AU. the criticism levelled at South Australia over its renewable energy ambitions, the state is nevertheless aiming to be carbon neutral by mid-century, which will mean moving to 100% renewable electricity over the next 15-20 years.

    The biggest challenge will be meeting the 2-3 hours of peak demand during the evenings, when wind generation happens to be low. This will require a mix of different technologies and strategies, including solar, wind, storage, and possibly a new interconnector to New South Wales.

    The issue is the variable nature of some renewable energy technologies – wind turbines only generate electricity when there’s sufficient wind, solar panels when the sun shines. But peaks in demand occasionally coincide with periods of low renewable generation, as was the case during the heatwave a few weeks ago. Although sufficient gas-fired generated capacity existed to pick up the slack, it was not all available at the time and short, localised blackouts were implemented.

    Without strategic preparation, these events are going to be more difficult to handle in future as wind and solar farms grow, especially if the interconnector between SA and Victoria fails at a critical time.

    But here are some of the things we can do in the short term (the next 2-3 years) and medium term (the coming decade) to create a reliable system on the path to 100% renewable electricity.

    The short-term

    The key point is that the challenging periods will be infrequent and only last for a few hours. Coal or nuclear power stations, which operate best when run continuously at full power, are too inflexible in operation to pick up the slack at peak demand. They would also be too expensive, hazardous and slow to construct.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • I don't worry about power outtages at my cabin because I diversify.  I started with solar panels, then added a generator for those times when the solar was insufficient to fully charge the battery bank.  Recently, I added two vertical wind turbines and in the future I plan to add a floating water wheel generator to use exclusively in the summer.  Eventually, I hope to add thermovoltaic panels to take advantage of the heat from my wood stove in the winter.

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    *Ronald Reagan*

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