Tesla Launches ‘Powerwall’, “To Change the Way World Uses Energy”

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American Electric vehicles and components maker Tesla launched a home battery storage ‘Powerwall’ on Friday. Tesla Founder Elon Musk unveiled the project, with the future aim of making more consumers less dependent on the power grids.

The prominent feature of the home battery has to be the storage of solar energy. Powerwall can also work for non-solar consumers in cases of power outage — as well as allowing them to avoid drawing on outside electricity during peak periods, when utility prices are highest.

“Our goal is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy,” Musk told a press conference at the Tesla Design Center on Thursday night. “It sounds crazy, but we want to change the entire energy infrastructure of the world to zero carbon.”

Powerwall will be connected to the Internet to allow for the creation of local smart grids. Up to 9 devices representing 90 kilowatt hours can be stacked per home. The Powerpack, however, is intended to scale up all the way to maximum industrial usage in coming days.

The product will be launched in Germany and the price is estimated around $3,500, the specifications are as follows.

Mounting: Wall Mounted Indoor/Outdoor
Inverter: Pairs with growing list of inverters
Energy: 7kWh or 10kWh
Continuous Power: 2 kW
Peak Power: 3 kW
Round Trip Efficiency: >92%
Operating Temperature Range: -20C (-4F) to 43C (110F)
Warranty: 10 years
Dimensions: H: 1300mm W: 860mm D:180mm