Tesla is working with PG&E on giant Powerpack battery system with ‘up to 1.1 GWh’ capacity
US electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors and electric energy major Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) are reportedly working on a giant Powerpack battery system which will boast a capacity of “up to 1.1 GWh.” The massive battery system will apparently be deployed at PG&E’s Moss Landing substation in California.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk had seemingly hinted at the mammoth battery project at the company’s last conference call. Musk had said that Tesla would likely announce a deal “at the gigawatt-hour scale” within a few months.
Moreover, the massive Powerpack battery system on which Tesla and PG&E are reportedly working is apparently one of the 4 new energy storage projects which the electric energy company has recently submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval.
According to PG&E’s submission with the CPUC, one of the company’s 4 new energy storage projects is “a proposed utility-owned 182.5 MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) located within PG&E’s Moss Landing substation.”
For the giant project mentioned by PG&E in its submission, the battery packs would be provided by Tesla. The project would have the capacity to output 182.5 MW of power for 4 hours, which represents more than 3,000 Tesla Powerpack 2s.
This new giant battery project would be third project on which Tesla and PG&E will work together.
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