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Tesla Powerpack

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

Tesla Powerpack is the company’s utility-scale rechargeable battery, designed to store energy for off-grid and supplemental power systems, including large facilities and the electric grid

Like Powerwall, Tesla’s battery for home and small business use, Powerpack is based on lithium ion battery technology. The batteries’ modular design is adapted from the technology used in those for Tesla's electric cars.

The Powerpack industrial unit is a cabinet-and-rack system which can theoretically be expanded by filling the racks with additional 100kw-capacity units for up to 500kwh. Multiple units can be connected to create a capacity for ten megawatt hours.

Amazon and Target are among the major retailers currently testing Powerpack in their facilities.

Above: AWS facility in Northern California

Tesla says Powerpack is designed to:

  • Maximize consumption of on-site clean power.
  • Avoid peak demand charges.
  • Buy electricity when it’s cheapest.
  • Get paid by utility or intermediate service providers for participating in grid services.
  • Back up critical business operations in the event of a power outage.

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk introduced Powerpack and Powerwall storage units in April 2015. Musk hopes that by storing energy produced by green sources like solar and wind power, the batteries can help transition homes and facilities away from fossil fuel dependency. Musk states that this is part of his efforts to make possible a zero carbon energy model for the world.

The Tesla company is named for both the electrical pioneer Nikola Tesla and the tesla, the standard unit of magnetic flux.

See Elon Musk's introductory presentation on Tesla Energy's Powerwall and Powerpack:

This was last updated in May 2015

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This needs close attention from all of us. It's a game-changer for every bit of our work and private lives. Not only does it tell of a future where power is easier to use and less expensive to acquire, it ushers in a technology that's infinitely less harmful to the world around us.

While there are states - Florida comes to mind - that actually punish home-owners for going off-grid, more enlightened places will embrace this technology wholeheartedly. Imagine a future with less dependence on polluting energy, more freedom to control our own expenses, no more dependence of foreign resources. What's not to embrace...?

Keep in mind that this is only the beginning. And while an amazing start, it's just that. Transitioning from fossil fuels to in-house solar will take some time. But it speaks of a day when burning fossil fuels will be viewed the same as whale oil lamps.
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There's a lot that sounds pretty cool about this. I do wonder, though, in an era when states make it illegal for cities to have their own Internet, and when utility companies add exorbitant charges for people with solar power, how likely is it that we'll be able to buy and use these things? Also, what fire risk is there?
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The article states that tesla is the unit for magnetic flux, but it is actually the unit for magnetic field, correctly stated as named after the electric messiah, Nikola Tesla.
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So you oversize your solar array to collect all the day's and night's needs plus a reserve. Disconnect from utility.
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