Tesla Powerpack is a commercial battery system for storing energy at scales from 200 kWh up to 100+ MWh.
Powerpack integrates batteries, power electronics, thermal management and controls into a turnkey solution that’s easy to install for businesses and utilities.
Powerpack began shipping to commercial and utility customers in September 2016. It features a new energy module and power electronics, providing twice the energy density of the previous Powerpack, and a more seamless integration into multiple levels of the grid. Powerpack is matched with a new inverter that’s designed by Tesla and manufactured at Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada. This inverter is the lowest cost, highest efficiency and highest power density utility-scale inverter on the market. It also significantly simplifies the installation process of the entire Powerpack system by integrating a number of previously independent components into the inverter itself.
Between one and 20 Powerpack systems can be connected per Tesla inverter, and larger systems can easily accommodate multiple inverters, enabling flexible system sizing and design for any project. Scalable from 200 kWh to 100+ MWh, Powerpack is the new standard for commercial and utility scale battery solutions.
For Businesses Powerpack helps businesses gain greater control, efficiency and reliability across the electric grid by enabling them to:
- Avoid peak demand charges
- Buy electricity when it’s cheapest
- Participate in grid services
- Back up critical business operations in the event of a power outage
- Maximize consumption of on-site renewable power
AC Energy: 174 kWh Round Trip Efficiency: 87%* Operating Temperature: -22ºF to 122ºF Scalable from: 50 kVa – 650 kVa Weight: 2073 kG / 4570 lbs Nominal Frequency: 50 or 60 Hz Powerpack Dimensions: L: 51.5” (1308 mm) W: 32.4” (822 mm) H: 86” (2185 mm)
AC Energy: 210 kWh Round Trip Efficiency: 89% Operating Temperature: -30ºC to 50ºC Scalable from: 50 kVa – 650 kVa Weight: 2159 kg / 4750 lbs Nominal Frequency: 50 or 60 Hz Powerpack Dimensions: L: 51.5” (1308 mm) W: 32.4” (822 mm) H: 86” (2185 mm)
- Net energy delivered at 25°C (77°F) including thermal control.
The StubHub Center Home of Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy, the StubHub Center powered up a 2 MWh system to help the stadium manage energy costs and reduce its impact on the Southern California power grid. Sports venues put a tremendous strain on the grid during short, powerful energy events. A Powerpack system enables StubHub to store electricity during off-peak times, when the grid is more capable and favors delivering excess electricity, then discharge to the stadium during peak evening hours when the grid is under its heaviest load. This project is the first deployment of battery storage technology at a major U.S. sports venue.
Singita Lebombo, Kruger National Park, South Africa As the largest natural sanctuary in South Africa, the Kruger National Park has no access to utility power and had to rely solely on diesel generators. This iconic protected ecosystem has environmental sustainability at the core of its mission. A new microgrid was formed by pairing a 3.15 MWh Powerpack system to a solar power system from SolarAfrica. The lodge can now switch off diesel generators completely during the day and long into the night by storing excess solar energy in Powerpack. The microgrid provides long-term savings by reducing expensive diesel costs, an uncompromised guest experience, and continuous clean energy from the sun.
Cathedral College School – Rockhampton City in Queensland, Australia Cathedral College School was in search of a solution that would bring clean, reliable and affordable electricity to its campus. An 85 kW solar system coupled with a 95 kWh Powerpack system is expected to generate enough energy to reduce the college’s grid electricity consumption by as much as 50%, as well as prevent a detrimental tariff shift. In addition, through peak shaving, a storage application that reduces the college’s utility demand charges, the college maximizes the value of the system and expects to realize a full system payback within six years.
For utility scale systems, 200 kWh battery blocks are grouped to scale from 500kWh to over 100MWh. These systems are capable of two-hour or four-hour continuous net discharge power using grid tied bi-directional inverters. Powerpack systems support applications including peak shaving, load shifting and demand response for commercial customers while offering renewable firming and a variety of grid services at utility scales. Powerpack enables utilities to:
Firm up renewable generation by reconciling the intermittency of power from wind, solar, or hydro sources and storing excess capacity to dispatch when it’s needed. Increase resource capacity. Powerpack acts as on-demand capacity (either generation or T&D), while adding resiliency to the grid. Ramp Control – Powerpack can act as a buffer while the power output from a large generation source is ramping up or down, delivering power instantly to smoothly transition output to the required levels. Provide ancillary services such as frequency response. Defer costly and time-consuming grid infrastructure upgrades. Powerpacks consume no water and don’t require detailed environmental reviews. Manage peak demand by deploying power within seconds or milliseconds.
Highlighted Powerpack Utility Customers:
Southern California Edison – Ontario, California In October 2015, a rupture in the Aliso Canyon natural gas reservoir near Los Angeles caused a methane gas spill that displaced more than 8,000 Californians and released an unprecedented 1.6 million pounds of methane into the atmosphere. Los Angeles was in need of a clean energy solution that could ensure grid reliability and protect the city from the risk of rolling blackouts. Tesla provided an 80 MWh Powerpack system at the Southern California Edison Mira Loma substation to deliver electricity during peak hours, helping to maintain reliable grid operation and reduce the need for electricity generated by fossil fuels such as natural gas. Read more
Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative – Kaua’i, Hawaii The 13 MW photovoltaic array plus 52 MWh Powerpack system stores solar energy created during the day and feeds it to the grid during the evening hours to help reduce the amount of diesel power generation needed to meet the island’s electricity demand.
Hornsdale Battery Project – near Jamestown, South Australia In September 2016, a 50-year storm damaged critical infrastructure in the state of South Australia, causing a state-wide blackout and leaving 1.7 million residents without electricity. Further blackouts occurred in the heat of the Australian summer in early 2017. In response, the South Australian Government looked for a sustainable solution to ensure energy security, and Tesla was selected to provide a 129 MWh Powerpack system to be paired with global renewable energy provider Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia. The Powerpack will charge using renewable wind energy and dispatch energy during peak hours to prevent blackouts and increase grid reliability. Read more
Ta’u Island – Tau, American Samoa Ta’u Island in American Samoa used diesel generators as their main source of power for years, leaving the residents vulnerable to blackouts when diesel supplies were low and using hundreds of gallons of fossil fuels. To address the needs of Ta’u’s 600 residents, Tesla built 1.4 MW of solar generation capacity and 6 MWh of battery storage to power the island. Now, residents along with the local hospital, schools, fire and police stations, and local businesses no longer need to worry about outages or rationing. Additionally, their microgrid almost completely replaces diesel generators with more affordable solar energy, and is designed to optimize system performance and maximize savings. The battery system allows the island to use stored solar energy at night so they can use renewable energy around the clock.