Today Australia’s Prime Minister had a conversation with Tesla founder Elon Musk. The talks involved a possible battery storage option for to assist Australia’s energy issues, particularly in South Australia. Today’s discussion came on the back of an offer from Musk to build 100mWh PowerPack system in less than 100 days, or its free.
Here’s the back and forward on Twitter between the PM and Elon Musk, let’s hope this results in funding, even as a test bed for future projects.
When researching Turnbull’s history with Tesla, I came across this post from 2015, where Turnbull suggested even then, that batteries could play a key role in our domestic energy market. At the time the Turnbull was thrilled by the visit to Tesla’s factory, even experiencing a super fast, battery powered drive in the Model S.
Turnbull went on to say,
The key of course is the battery technology which is improving all the time both in terms of cost and energy density. Batteries have the potential to revolutionise the energy market.