Finland and California-based second life energy storage firms Cactos and Smartville Inc have raised nearly US$10 million to commercialise systems using repurposed Tesla EV batteries – we talked to both companies’ founders. San Diego-based Smartville Inc recently received a US$6 million grant from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) US$74 million for domestic battery recycling
Back in 2017, I was in a home with solar panels, but no battery backup. Hurricane Irma passed overhead, and I found myself without power for 24-48 hours. We lost all of our food as a result. When the storm passed, I called up the company that installed my solar panels and found that adding in
Tesla’s Megapack battery energy storage system (BESS) solution as well as the company’s solar PV will power a Bitcoin mining facility in a proof of concept (POC) project in the US. Bitcoin mining and services company Blockstream Mining began construction earlier this month on the open-source, solar-powered facility at an undisclosed location. The project
Blackouts due to climate change related events are becoming commonplace. Energy storage can provide grid stability and eliminate CO2 but it needs to be more economical to achieve scale. We explore the technologies that can expedite deployment, ensure safety and boost ROI supporting a faster race to zero. In September 2017, Southern Australia suffered
When recently I was notified of an upcoming planned power cut I decided to look into the best ways to get prepared. Until recent years it was uncommon to experience power cuts of any significant duration in Western countries, but that situation is starting to change. A big driver, of course, is climate change
The boost follows a tough year, hampered by Tesla Model 3 production. Tesla is going to focus its efforts on the Solar Roof for the coming year, CEO Elon Musk told an audience Thursday. The company’s energy-collecting tiles, which look like a standard roof to the untrained eye, have wowed onlookers with their sleek design
The battery packs will allegedly help keep electricity costs down by recharging during off-peak hours.
Tesla activated the special ‘Storm Watch’ mode of its Powerwall 2 home battery pack to keep the lights on at its customer’s homes with the upcoming cyclone in Australia. Last year, Tesla started integrating features for Powerwall and solar customers to its mobile for vehicle owners.Earlier this year, it included adding a new ‘Storm Watch’
Strong demand for electric cars from both Tesla and other manufacturers has pushed up manufacturer costs for lithium ion batteries.
The Tesla Powerwall can be a useful energy storage solution for homeowners with rooftop solar arrays.