Tesla’s dedication to sustainability is apparent. After all, it manufactures a car that doesn’t run on gasoline. And get this: its Nevada Gigafactory is powered 100% by renewable energy sources. But beyond being a pioneer in the EV market, Tesla’s Powerpack battery system is what shows its promise of truly making the world a more sustainable place.
So What Is The Powerpack?
According to Tesla, the Powerpack is meant to be a system of “high-performance batteries for the grid”. In short, Tesla hopes to leverage its decade-long research and development into batteries to reach a market different from the direct consumer. Specifically, Tesla believes the Powerpack has four distinct descriptors:
- Battery Pods: Every Powerpack has 16 individual battery pods and has an architecture that optimizes performance.
- Design: Tesla has tested its architecture extensively through its work with the Model S. Turns out, Tesla isn’t really reinventing the wheel – it’s merely applying its existing tech to a different target market.
- Temperature: Its thermal cooling system makes sure that it outperforms traditional air cooling in every climate. This is incredibly important especially considering we’re dealing with the power grid.
- Weather: Customers can implement the Powerpack outdoors without any additional setup.
1/ In the event of a grid outage, this Osaka Powerpack installation is designed to provide emergency backup power to safely move a train and its passengers to the nearest station – https://t.co/yS6VALjIbR https://t.co/2Ui6jUmGwo
— Tesla (@Tesla) March 27, 2019
Key Benefits of The Powerpack
Smart energy consumption is incredibly important for businesses, both small and large. Tesla claims that its Powerpack allows businesses to operate on a localized grid, one that is independent of the main power grid. Naturally, this means that businesses can rest assured that large-scale outages wouldn’t impact their business.
Further, the Powerpack allows its clients what it calls “renewable integration”. In other words, it guarantees consistent output of energy generated from sustainable means, such as from wind and solar. To sum it up, Powerpacks would make it possible for Tesla’s enterprise clients to rest assured that outages wouldn’t wreck their businesses while generating energy through sustainable means.
Tesla’s Powerpack system seems like both a good way for Tesla to reach a different demographic of customers while providing a cost-effective and sustainable energy solution to enterprise clients. Unequivocally, Tesla’s focus on environmental sustainability encourages private-public collaboration towards “greener” policy decisions.
Steven is an Editor for the Politics section at The Rising and a Computer Science student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.