Electric car maker Tesla could soon be coming to a home near you – though not as you know it.The American company on Friday announced its new investment in batteries for homes, businesses and utilities, as it continues to leverage its booming empire beyond the electric car."Tesla is not just an automotive company, it's an energy innovation company," the company said in a statement.
"With Tesla Energy, Tesla is
amplifying its efforts to accelerate the move away from fossil fuels to a
sustainable energy future with Tesla batteries, enabling homes,
business, and utilities to store sustainable and renewable energy to
manage power demand, provide backup power and increase grid resilience."
major proponent for Tesla's new investment is a domestic device it
calls the Powerwall: a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to
store energy at a residential level for load shifting (charging during
low rate periods and discharging during higher rate periods), backup
power and self-consumption of solar power generation.
employ a liquid thermal control system and software that receives
dispatch commands from a solar inverter. It is wall-mounted and is
integrated with the local power grid to harness excess power and give
customers the flexibility to draw energy for their own source.
device will be available in the US from around August, priced at
approximately $4435 (AUD) for a 10kWh version, or $3800 (AUD) for a 7kWh
The batteries are wall-mounted, offered with 10 or 20
year warranties and measure 1300mm high, 860mm wide and 180mm deep.
Tesla says the Powerwall can operate in a temperature range of between
minus-20 degrees celcius and 43 degrees celcius.
"Both can be
connected with solar or grid and both can provide backup power. The
10kWh Powerwall is optimised to provide backup when the grid goes down,
providing power for your home when you need it most," Tesla says.
paired with solar power, the 7kWh Powerwall can be used in daily
cycling to extend the environmental and cost benefits of solar into the
night when sunlight is unavailable."