It seems like it was just yesterday when Tesla came out with the Powerwall Home Battery. Wall-mounted, sleek, and smooth, this clean and aesthetic piece of technology gained a lot of press. Since the battery has been out, however, new designs and modifications have been made to it. The result? The Tesla Powerwall 2.0.
Here are the two key changes Tesla made to their Powerwall:
Higher Energy Density
Energy storage, right now, is too expensive and inefficient to become a mass-market product. The companies that manufacture these products are more than aware of this, so it was no secret that Tesla, in particular, was going to focus on increasing the Powerwall’s effectiveness.
Their results were astounding: the residential Powerwall 2.0 and the commercially-scaled Powerpack have doubled in energy density in the year and half since they’ve been on the market. To put this into perspective, a typical home would need about 4 to 8 Powerwall 1.0 batteries to effectively handle big loads of energy consumption. With the upgraded Powerwall, an average home would only need two.
If your roof can’t support enough solar panels to cover your home’s energy consumption, it suddenly makes a bit more sense to invest in a home battery. There’s still room for improvement, but it’s certainly an exciting step towards achieving a great deal more of energy storage.
A New Design
“It’s pretty… boxy…”
Yes, Tesla has scraped the gently rounded edges and turtle-shell-shaped exterior. But there’s a good reason for it--the original product couldn’t bear the weight of the battery. This required the Powerwall to be mounted, limiting orientation, compositional adjustments, and the spacing available to it. Meanwhile, the Powerwall 2.0’s new flat design makes the battery easier to handle, allows for ground mounting, and customers can stack the units back-to-back, doubling up on batteries without needing to give up more wall space.
Tesla has heard what their customers (and perhaps more importantly, their non-customers) have said about their product and they have made some serious changes. Here at Superior Solar, we’re excited to see what they come out with next.
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