According to SunEdison concern Energy Matters, this partnership agreement will slate SunEdison Australia as one of the first companies in the world to take delivery of the revolutionary Tesla Powerwall home battery system:
“The first Tesla Powerwall 7 kWh units will arrive on our shores in November this year; heralding the real start of Australia’s residential energy storage revolution.”
This is good news for Australian solar power system owners wanting to further distance themselves from the grid in support of renewable electricity and energy independence. This follows Tesla’s announcement that both Australia and North America would be the first markets to receive the batteries.
“The 7kWh daily cycling Powerwall is a compelling option for Australian residential solar users,” said Tesla in a statement.
SunEdison Australia says it will celebrate the arrival of the Tesla Powerwall with a competition — the major prize being one of the battery systems. To be notified when the competition is formally announced, pricing of the Tesla Powerwall and other pre-release updates on home battery storage systems, register here.
Initially, only the 7 kWh daily cycling version of the Powerwall will be available, however, the 10 kWh is expected to be made available be made available in early 2016, according to Energy Matters.
This clean storage device from Tesla Energy, is a wall-mounted, rechargeable lithium ion battery with liquid thermal control and incorporates a battery management system with smart DC-DC converter for controlling the flow of electricity.
Powerwall offers a 92% round-trip DC efficiency, 5.8 amp nominal, 8.6 amp peak output and 3.3kW continuous/peak power. Multiple 7kWh batteries can be installed, with up 63 kWh capacity total possible. A single unit weighs 100 kg and measures 1300 mm x 860 mm x 180 mm.
Because of the high cost of electricity in Australia, and solar feed in tariff rates, Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecasts 33GW of battery storage will be installed in Australia by 2040.
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