Tesla has launched its first, utility-scale energy storage solution, the Megapack. The announcement was made on Monday 29 July, is based on the giant battery system Tesla installed in South Australia.
Megapack will join Tesla’s two smaller storage products – the Powerwall, aimed at the residential market, and the Powerpack, designed for commercial users.
According to Tesla, Megapack reduces the complexity of large-scale battery storage and provides an easy installation and connection process as each Megapack comes from the factory pre-assembled and pre-tested in one enclosure from Tesla’s Gigafactory—including battery modules, bi-directional inverters, a thermal management system, an AC main breaker and controls. No assembly is required, all you need to do is connect Megapack’s AC output to your site wiring.
Using Megapack, Tesla can deploy an emissions-free 250 MW, 1 GWh power plant in less than three months on a three-acre footprint – four times faster than a traditional fossil fuel power plant of that size. Megapack can also be DC-connected directly to solar.
“Megapack significantly reduces the complexity of large-scale battery storage and provides an easy installation and connection process. Each Megapack comes from the factory fully-assembled with up to 3 megawatt hours (MWhs) of storage and 1.5 MW of inverter capacity, building on Powerpack’s engineering with an AC interface and 60% increase in energy density to achieve significant cost and time savings compared to other battery systems and traditional fossil fuel power plants.”Tesla wrote about it in a blog post.
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