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Samsung to power up Tesla for S.A.

Samsung SDI Battery Cells saves the Telsa 129 MWh battery storage project in South Australia – September 30th, 2017 by James Ayre Despite its close relationship with Panasonic, Tesla will be utilizing Samsung SDI lithium-ion battery cells at the facility in South Australia that’s now under construction, the company has revealed.

Screen Shot 2017-11-03 at 2.50.58 pmThe reason for the choice of supplier is a pragmatic one, though — Panasonic reportedly wouldn’t be able to meet demand for the project. It’s noteworthy here that we just reported on the fact that Panasonic is expanding its automotive lithium-ion production capacity in Japannot that those are the same cells.

Also noteworthy is that Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised the massive new facility in South Australia would be online within 100 days of a grid connection agreement being signed or that it would be “free” — presumably, that promise has led to a need to be pragmatic about rapid sourcing of battery cells.

“Tesla is importing the cells to the US for final assembly before sending them to Australia — apparently taking the promotional benefits over profit,” Asia Times notes. “The South Australia state government then placed an order for one the world’s largest battery systems, capable of storing 100,000 kWh — enough to power roughly 30,000 homes. The US company is likely to more heavily tap into Samsung SDI’s excess capacity in the future as it grows the business.”

Screen Shot 2017-11-03 at 2.00.40 pmHansol All-in-one Battery storage is a wholly owned company of Samsung SDI. Hansol AIO battery storage is powered by Samsung SDI Lithium ion batteries.

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