Tesla’s big battery wins design award

Tesla has taken home a top design gong for its Hornsdale Wind Farm battery at the Australian Good Design Awards.

The project received a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Winner in the Engineering Design category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.

Tesla also won the Good Design Award Sustainability, one of the major awards from the night, also for the Powerpack project at Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm.

The 100MW battery, the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, was constructed at Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia in less than 100 days.

Since completion in December, the battery has helped stabilise the state’s energy demand and prevent blackouts in the state.

The annual Good Design Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the market, excellence in architectural design, digital and communication design and reward emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social impact and design entrepreneurship.

“Good innovative commercial model to deliver a solution in such a short timeframe,” the Good Design Awards jury commented.

“The Tesla Powerpack installation promotes effective use of different sustainable energy technologies and although the battery technology already existed, the innovation here is about how it has been deployed and the immense scale of the project.

“Overall, the jury commends this project and sees it as a really important step in promoting sustainable energy generation in Australia and internationally.

“We need more shining examples such as this to shift the narrative around energy generation and storage at a time when it is needed most.”