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Musk easily beat his promise that the $50 million battery would be "installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free".

As a part of the project, Musk said his company will build the 100-megawatt battery which will be the world's biggest battery.

The rest of the country will be looking at the Musk's battery and how in performs in South Australia with the country overall facing an energy crisis with a system that is "among the world's costliest and dirtiest", and "annoyingly unreliable", wrote Australian Financial Review in October.

The huge lithium-ion battery is fed from the nearby Hornsdale Wind Farm, and will support the reliability of South Australia's power grid.

The launch comes after the battery was put under a regulatory testing period that examined the battery's ability to charge to, and from, Australia's National Energy Market and it's ability to act as a generator.

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The size of the battery is similar to the American football field.

More importantly for the residents of South Australia, they hope the Tesla's Powerpack system can begin to solve some of the massive energy problems experienced over past summers plagued by blackouts, noted the publication.

Supporters, however, say it will help stabilise the grid in a state that now gets more than 40 percent of its electricity from wind energy, but needs help when the wind dies down.

The Australian grid operator has warned of potential shortages of gas-fired electricity across southeast Australia by late next year. South Australia has been suffering from energy issues, and even suffered a state-wide blackout last September.

Some have called the battery a "Hollywood solution", which likely stems from the flashy nature of the battery's creation in a country that does still rely partly on fossil fuels. Kathpal, who is also chairman of the U.S. Energy Storage Association, has said that investing so heavily in energy storage is an important piece of Australia's continued commitment to renewable energy.

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