Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and his battery storage systems have been in the international spotlight this week by gaining attention from world leaders and politicians because of promises made in Melbourne, Australia.
The southern region of Australia has been experiencing months of power outages and blackouts. Beginning in September 2016, this dismal power situation has persisted, and analysts predict that it has the potential to get worse. Estimates and projections show that gas production is expected to decrease, which would result in a power decline for the southern Australian region over the next year.
In response to this dilemma, Lyndon Rive, former CEO of SolarCity and current leader of the energy division at Tesla, announced that Tesla would be able to provide 15% of the energy in demand in the southern part of Australia in 100 days. Rive’s big news brought a great amount of media attention to Tesla and the company’s battery storage capabilities. Key players in the situation took to Twitter questioning Musk if he would realistically be able to supply the 100 and 300 megawatt-hours of battery storage required by the proposed project. Musk assured his questioner that he is confident in Tesla’s ability to fulfill this project goal and if the company cannot succeed within the 100 day limit, the battery storage will be provided free of charge.
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