Apple announced Wednesday that its constructing a big battery storage project at a Northern California solar farm it spearhead in 2015. However what the company didnt share is that the battery packs will come from Tesla, The Verge has actually discovered.
It will consist of 85 Tesla lithium-ion “megapacks” and be utilized to help power the companys business headquarters in Cupertino. Monterey Countys planning chief validated that Apple will use the Tesla batteries in an e-mail to The Verge.
Still, Apple touted it as “one of the biggest battery projects in the nation” in a press release, saying the battery system might power more than 7,000 houses for a whole day. The Tesla batteries will make it possible for Apple to save energy created by its 130-megawatt solar variety at the farm, which is called California Flats.
The task was silently authorized last year.
” The difficulty with tidy energy– solar and wind– is that its by definition periodic,” Apple VP Lisa Jackson told Reuters on Wednesday. “If we can do it, and we can show that it works for us, it eliminates the issues about intermittency and it assists the grid in terms of stabilization. Its something that can be mimicked or developed upon by other business.”
While Apple uses lithium-ion batteries in numerous of its products, its not understood to be dealing with any grid-scale tasks. The company is apparently establishing a lithium iron phosphate battery for its electrical automobile project, however.
Apple and Tesla dont have much overlapping history, though each company is notorious for poaching talent from the other. Tesla CEO Elon Musk likewise said in December that he attempted to pitch the idea of Apple buying his business back in 2018, however that Apple CEO Tim Cook “refused” to take the meeting.
Tesla is best understood for its electrical cars, however its invested years trying to construct up an energy storage service to enhance the solar items it acquired when it purchased Solar City. It has actually gotten progressively associated with massive energy storage projects like Apples over the years in addition to its home battery business.
While its still modest compared to the billions of dollars generated by Teslas car company, the energy storage departments items has actually currently netted a minimum of one other weird bedfellow consumer: in 2019, Volkswagen revealed it was utilizing Tesla batteries at a few of its Electrify America charging stations.
Monterey Countys preparation chief validated that Apple will use the Tesla batteries in an e-mail to The Verge. Tesla initially announced the megapack battery system back in 2019. Still, Apple touted it as “one of the biggest battery jobs in the nation” in a press release, saying the battery system could power more than 7,000 houses for an entire day. The Tesla batteries will make it possible for Apple to keep energy created by its 130-megawatt solar variety at the farm, which is called California Flats.