Recently, Tesla Motors, one of the world’s leaders in automobile and energy production, has developed a battery that is designed to conserve energy and provide a low cost alternative to traditional energy sources. The Tesla battery, or Powerwall, is a unit that can store energy for later use. Currently, the most common form of natural energy is solar energy, in which sunlight is absorbed by panels and converted to usable energy. Many energy experts believe Elon Musk’s latest creation to be a companion to traditional solar energy. The Tesla battery is not only a companion to solar energy but many see it as a cost effective alternative that can give consumers energy when they need it at a lower price than traditional energy solutions.
Before the Tesla battery or solar energy, when the power went out, people were forced “off the grid.” Using the Tesla battery, energy consumers no longer have to remain without energy when traditional energy sources fail. Tesla founder Elon Musk is one of the brains behind the movement to bring consumers usable energy, which is particularly useful in times of power outages, and could potentially eliminate traditional energy sources for some consumers altogether. This is a revolutionary breakthrough for experts who study energy usage.
The Tesla battery is different from solar energy, or even traditional lithium ion rechargeable batteries because it is able to handle a large volume of energy transfer. A common misconception is that the Tesla battery stores electricity, when in fact it stores energy. While the Powerwall is physically larger than other rechargeables or energy storage units, at its core its smallest component is what differentiates the Powerwall from energy storage units of the past. The Powerwall uses thousands of miniature batteries as opposed a single or few larger ones. This in turn reduces the risk of overheating or failure, leading to a greater efficiency and higher ability to store a greater quantity of energy for future use.
Seen as an alternative to solar panels, what sets the newest batteries apart from energy solutions of the past is that these batteries are able to maximize and scale the use of energy. This is helpful in long power outages, where larger amounts of stored energy can help bridge the gap. The conversion of energy at a low cost is a huge selling point for the automobile and energy giant.These batteries have received such a warm response they are currently sold out until the Summer of 2016, even at the price of $3500 per unit for the lowest model.
The Tesla battery has the capacity to have a tremendous impact on the field of energy conservation. The newest form of energy storage can hold a significantly larger amount of energy than previous storage devices or rechargeables. Outside of the initial purchase cost, many consumers see Tesla’s latest development as one that will save them a great sum of money in the long term as a result of the rising cost of traditional energy from the grid. Current models of the Tesla battery will not eliminate traditional energy entirely but if Tesla’s other moves are any indication, the company is striving for something better–an energy sharing solution that will be both cost effective and reduce the need for traditional energy as we know it.