Installed and operational at the Elon Musk Gigafactory, the new batteries offer excellent modularity and a 60% improved density.
After the Powerpack network storage system, we welcome Megapack.
Less than two years ago, Tesla built and installed (in record time) the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia, using its famous Powerpacks. Since then, visionary Elon Muk’s company has continued to invest in storage technologies to enhance its offering for the network market: from this commitment comes Megapack, a new product for large-scale storage.
Each unit has a capacity of 3 MWh but the system has been designed with modularity in mind in its design. In other words, the new Megapacks have been designed to connect together and form a giant modular battery with a GWh or more of total capacity.
Not only that. The technology, Tesla reports, shows a 60% increase in energy density compared to its predecessors. This means that Megapack will require 40% less space and, thanks to factory pre-assembly and reduced components, it should be able to install ten times faster than current systems. The system can also be connected in DC directly to solar energy, creating the renewable plants of the future.
Batteries to make the world’s largest energy projects possible. 1 GWh plants that provide record power capacity, enough to power every home in San Francisco for 6 hours.
Tesla has developed its own software to control and manage the new storage facilities. Each unit will be connected to Powerhub, an advanced monitoring platform for utility-scale and microgrid projects, and will also be able to integrate with Autobidder, the machine learning platform for autonomous energy trading.
As the global transition to sustainable energy continues to accelerate, the market for advanced energy storage solutions is growing rapidly. In the last year alone they have installed more than 1 GWh of global storage capacity with their current storage products, Powerwall and Powerpack, bringing their total global footprint to more than 2 GWh of accumulated storage. With Megapack, this issue will continue to accelerate exponentially in the coming years.