Tesla Will Supply The Biggest Lithium Ion Energy System In The World

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Tesla has been selected to provide the largest Powerpack system ever. The solution will become the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world.
The American company has been chosen through a competitive process to provide Southern California’s Edison Mira Loma substation with a 20 MW/80 MWh solution that will store energy on a large scale.

The idea behind the project is to prevent the Los Angeles basin from blackouts during peak hours of energy demand, which tend to appear in the winter and the summer.

The state Public Utilities Commission voted an order in 2013 that will oblige California utility suppliers to install 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage capacity by 2020.

One gigawatt is the equivalent of 1,000 megawatts, which means that 1,300 megawatts will have to be stored by all of the utility companies in the state of California.

According to Tesla, when fully charged, the Powerpack system that will be operational by the end of this year at SoCal’s Edison Mira Loma substation will hold enough energy to power 2,500 average households for a day, or to charge 1,000 Tesla vehicles.

Ironically, Tesla did not specify the battery capacity of those vehicles, or how far they could go with the electrical energy stored in their batteries.

The Tesla Powerpack is a solution that is designed for Utility and Business users to collect energy on site. The batteries of the Powerpack will be charged with electricity from the regular grid during off-peak hours.

It will then deliver that energy back into the network during high strain moments. The solution has the role of reducing the dependency of natural gas during peak hours of the electrical grid.

Tesla reminded everyone of last October’s rupture of the Aliso Canyon natural gas reservoir, which spilled so much methane gas that 8,000 Californians had to be temporarily displaced.

However, that was not the worst part about the rupture, which released 1.6 million pounds of the gas in the atmosphere. Because of the massive spill, the Aliso Canyon leak is considered the worst in US history, and the greenhouse gas emissions caused by it are claimed to outweigh those of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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