Tesla has launched a brand new utility-scale vitality storage product known as Megapack modeled after the enormous battery system it deployed in South Australia as the corporate seeks to offer an alternative choice to pure gasoline “peaker” energy crops.
Megapack is the third and largest vitality storage system supplied by Tesla. The corporate additionally sells the residential Powerwall and the industrial Powerpack techniques.
Megapack, which Tesla introduced Monday in a weblog submit, is the newest effort by the corporate to retool and develop its vitality storage enterprise, which is a smaller income driver than gross sales of its electrical automobiles. Of the $6.four billion in whole income posted within the second quarter, simply $368 million was from Tesla’s photo voltaic and vitality storage product enterprise.
Tesla did deploy a report 415 megawatt-hours of vitality storage merchandise within the second quarter, a 81% enhance from the earlier quarter, in response to Tesla’s second quarter earnings report that was launched July 24. Powerwalls are actually put in at greater than 50,000 websites.
The Megapack providing may present a good larger enhance if Tesla can persuade utilities to go for it as a substitute of the extra frequent pure gasoline peaker crops used in the present day. And it appears it already has.
Tesla’s Megapack will present 182.5 MW of the upcoming 567 MW Moss Touchdown vitality storage challenge in California with PG&E.
The so-called Megapack was particularly designed and engineered to be an easy-to-install utility-scale system. Every system comes totally assembled — that features battery modules, bi-directional inverters, a thermal administration system, an AC important breaker and controls —with as much as three megawatt-hours of vitality storage and 1.5 MW of inverter capability.
The system consists of software program, developed by Tesla, to observe, management and monetize the installations, the corporate stated in a weblog submit asserting Megapack.
All Megapacks connect with Powerhub, a complicated monitoring and management platform for large-scale utility initiatives and microgrids, and may combine with Autobidder, Tesla’s machine-learning platform for automated vitality buying and selling, the corporate stated.
Megapack was impressed by Tesla’s Hornsdale challenge, which mixed its 100 MW Powerpack system with Neoen’s wind farm close to Jamestown in South Australia. The Tesla Powerpack system saved energy generated by the wind farm after which delivered the electrical energy to the grid throughout peak hours. The power saved practically $40 million in its first yr.
Immediately, the go-to possibility for utilities are pure gasoline “peaker” energy crops. Peaker energy crops are used when a neighborhood utility grid can’t present sufficient energy to fulfill peak demand, an prevalence that has develop into extra frequent as temperatures and populations rise.
Tesla hopes to be the sustainable different. And in states like California, which have formidable emissions targets, Tesla may achieve some floor. As a substitute of utilizing a pure gasoline peaker plant, utilities may use the Megapack to retailer extra photo voltaic or wind vitality to assist the grid’s peak masses.