For years now, Tesla has been working with third-party recyclers to recover materials from their end-of-life battery packs. But the automaker has also been working on its own “unique battery recycling system.“
The battery will be built near Geelong, southwest of Melbourne, and will offer 450 megawatt-hours of energy storage. It’s three times bigger than the original 100-MW Tesla system built in South Australia, which was the biggest in the world when it was built just three years ago.
The 100-megawatt Hornsdale Power Reserve, which was designed by Tesla, has saved over $40 million AUD in annual maintenance costs to the electrical grid.
The City of Taipei, Taiwan, has joined forces with Tesla to establish a new 1.5 hectare hub to help local startups find footing and get training for new energy ventures in the city.
The local utility has worked with Tesla to install a key piece of that plan, battery storage, and also a software system that can control Samoa’s entire electricity supply.
It could be crucial to selling electric cars in a hot market.
Tesla claims that by the end of 2018, the Nevada factory will assemble more lithium-ion batteries than what were produced globally in 2013.