LichtBlick Puts First Tesla Powerpack Into Operation
The “Tesla” logo is emblazoned on three white boxes the size of refrigerators and a faint hum can be heard – this is Tesla’s large battery, the Powerpack. The first Powerpack in Germany is on the site of the long-standing Hamburg company, Schlüter & Maack. LichtBlick took over the installation work and optimized the battery’s operation.
Tesla Powerpack – Bundled Energy
Tesla has already put a storage system into operation in California using this large battery. While around 400 batteries cache energy there, there are just two Powerpacks at Schlüter & Maack. But the two Powerpacks alone have a storage capacity of around 190 kWh. In comparison, the Tesla Powerwall has a capacity of 13.5 kWh.
A Swarm of Storage
To ensure the success of the energy transition, we need this storage – whether it is bundled together, like the storage system, or distributed, as for companies. At LichtBlick, we have developed a solution – the SchwarmBatterie® – which is made from numerous single batteries forming a network. As a swarm, the batteries have considerable storage capacity at their disposal, and so can store a lot of energy during periods of high energy production by renewable sources and can feed it into the public grid as required. So they are the perfect addition to renewable energy use and make an important contribution to the energy transition.
Cost Savings for Companies
At Schlüter & Maack, Tesla’s large batteries are currently being used to cap peaks in energy consumption. This allows the company to save several thousand euros in energy costs per year. Because energy costs for commercial customers are oriented around times with the highest consumption, the targeted avoidance of consumption peaks – i.e. “peak shaving” – can reduce costs. The battery that we have optimized will step in to reduce energy consumption from the public grid during peak times, since energy stored in the battery can be used instead. As a second step, the battery could be incorporated into the swarm.