Tesla Megapack Is the Mother of All Storage Solutions

Less than three months. That’s how long Tesla says it needs to install a 250 MW, 1 GWh power plant anywhere in the world using its newest storage solution, the Megapack.
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Megapack is an evolution of the Powerpack technology that is already operational in South Australia. In use there since last year, the Hornsdale Power Reserve, as the facility is called, managed to save local authorities $40 million.

And that with only a 100 MW, 129 MWh storage solution.

The much larger Megapack promises to be even more efficient. Tesla says each module provides 3 MWh of storage and 1.5 MW of inverter capacity, providing 60 percent more energy density than other similar or fossil-fuel-based facilities. That, in turn, should transform into significant cost and time savings.

“Battery storage is transforming the global electric grid and is an increasingly important element of the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” said Tesla in a statement released earlier this week.

“Megapack significantly reduces the complexity of large-scale battery storage and provides an easy installation and connection process.”

Aside from saving money and time, storage facilities are essential in case of power failures of traditional grids. In 2018, the Australian Powerpack facility was used for this purpose on more than one occasions, the most spectacular of which occurring on December 14.

That day, the facility kicked in and injected 7MW of electricity in milliseconds into the grid as soon as it detected that a coal power plant, located over 600 miles from the battery, got disconnected.

The first deployment of the Tesla Megapack will be in California, where the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is working on the Moss Landing project.

Tesla is one of the major suppliers of such solutions for the industry. This year alone the company says it installed more than 1 GWh of storage capacity, bringing its total to more than 2 GWh.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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