The worlds biggest battery for energy storage has been installed in Australia, and commissioned by Elon Musk. We would expect nothing less from this man, as he blazes the way forward for the future, as the energy market will need storage during peak production times to meet peak demand times, as the two rarely match up.
Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, bet his reputation on building the battery in 100 days.
Its quite a story, how a tech giant made a promise, and a globally obscure state politician took him up on it, and did he deliver!
We wish all energy companies were like TESLA, and all politicians were like Weatherill
Its all well and good promoting solar energy, but the cost is still a factor, and the grants given out are often swallowed by the premium firms put up to match.
So its good to see a number of firms are doing a install now and pay by installments package.
It takes one element of the new build off the immediate must pay list, but how it will affect credit rating is unknown, or will the fact the homeowners are maxed out with the mortgage affect how they can access the credit for the solar panels.
We were very sad and surprised to see our favourite battery firm Aquion go under early in 2017, and delighted to see them acquired and back on the market, but sad to see and surprised in a bad way that they are not standing by their old stock and customers.
Aquion are a great firm – their salt water battery shows mighty promise, is as eco freindly as batteries get, and dont break the bank into the bargain.
Research and development strains and breaks a lot of firlms, and Aquion went under, making folk wonder about their guarantees. But what can you do, it was a temporary filing pending new ownership, which duly arrived.
The Tech Phoenix arose, same product and name, new backers and managament. Production moving to China to spite Donald Trumps ranting of bringing American jobs home, non of this an issue for the consumer.
But not standing by their old products is.
The battery, from what we hear, is a very stable one, but does have a quick fall off in power delivery relative to the charge. The charge however can dip below 10% – though we do not reccomend doing that to any battery this is designed to take it – and planning a system around these batteries should be done with a heavy draw on them, so you are delivering enough power even though you may be in a state of discharge.
We hope they have a rethink of their policy, as it will make folk not trust them in future, which could kill what is a fantastic product.