Elon Musk just announced that he could solve the current Australian blackout crisis by installing a giant battery capable of providing 100 hours of energy. Even more, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX declared that if the battery is not up and running within 100 days, he will not charge anything for the device.
What is Happening in Australia?
Australia decided to give up on fossil fuels and go green with solar and wind power. However, the country was not prepared to maintain a steady equilibrium between supply and demand, long blackouts affecting South Australian industries and stirring public outrage.
Storms and heatwaves are constantly affecting energy suppliers, the blackout crisis seeming to have no end in sight. Luckily, Elon Musk decided to get involved and pitched a solution that will take only 100 days to implement.
According to the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, a high-energy battery pack could provide a permanent solution to the power outages. However, the offer was made via social media, so there is no way of knowing if the deal will come through.
How the Negotiations Began
It all started when Lyndon Rive, the VP for energy products at Tesla, declared that the company could provide 100-300 megawatt-hours of batteries that will efficiently solve the blackout crisis. Then, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian co-founder, declared on social media that he could handle the political support and the funding if Tesla were able to supply the devices.
— Mike Cannon-Brookes (@mcannonbrookes) March 9, 2017
Musk saw his comment as a challenge and responded with a tweet guarantying that if the battery is not up and running within 100 days of contract signature, the services will not be charged, Australians getting their power outage problem resolved for free.
@mcannonbrookes Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 10, 2017
After receiving this tempting offer, Cannon-Brookes responded:
“You’re on mate. Give me 7 days to try sort out politics & funding.”
Musk declared that the estimated total cost of the entire operation could reach $25 million as a single kilowatt hour for 100-megawatt hour systems costs $250. This will allow the country to avoid investing in fossil fuel as a backup plan, thus maintaining its eco-friendly stance.
In 2015, around 63 percent of Australia’s power was generated by coal burning. By comparison, in 2000, 80 percent of all energy was obtained by burning coal. Tesla recently infiltrated the Australian power market with its Powerwall 2, taking advantage of the increasing demand for green energy.
If the battery unit helps solve the blackout crisis, Australia will further its efforts to exploit green energy resources, giving up on fossil fuels.
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