It Can Now Power Homes

18V Rechargeable Battery Pack

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Website Business Insider reported that American Automotive and Energy Storage Company TESLA is working on a battery pack that could be used to supply power in individual residences. The website reported that this is not the first time TESLA hinted about something like this. “Musk had laid out his ambition to make something that would live in consumers’ homes, instead of their cars. ‘We are trying to figure out what would be a cool stationary (battery) pack,’ Musk said. ‘Some will be like the Model S pack: something flat, 5 inches off the wall, wall mounted, with a beautiful cover, an integrated bi-directional inverter, and plug and play.’

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The Powerwall

A few months after that statement, TESLA indeed unveiled the in-home battery pack dubbed as TESLA Powerwall. Canadian website The Globe and Mail reported that this technology is coming to their country but not as a battery pack for the home. Electrical Contractors

“That’s because most solar electricity generated by Canadian homeowners’ rooftop panels is sold into the power grid through Ontario’s ‘feed-in tariff’ system. There is no incentive to save the power for personal uses, because homeowners get high prices for the electricity they deliver. Still, Ms. Verschuren said, there are other applications here where it would be useful, including providing backup power during power outages, and time-shifting so people can buy electricity at times of the day when it is cheap then use it at times when it is expensive. Some people who want to get entirely off the grid with a solar system may also want to buy the batteries, she said.”

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Website Engineering.Com meantime shared that custom battery packs indeed do a lot to solve portable power problems.

“Off-the-shelf battery packs are similarly designed as simple shapes, which lower production costs, but give away much in weight and power density terms. Custom solutions allow the pack designer to maximize power density in the smallest volume with the best possible integration into the parent device.”

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Does the idea of using battery packs for home use appeal to you?

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