Apple announced a large-scale new energy storage project in California, and we learned that Tesla will provide its Megapack battery system for the project.
In yesterday’s press release, Apple announced that it will build a large new 240 MWh energy storage project at its solar power station in Northern California:
“Apple is building one of the country’s largest battery projects, California Flats, which is an industry-leading grid-scale energy storage project that can store 240 MWh of energy for more than 7,000 a day. Home power supply. This project supports the company̵7;s 130 MW solar power plant by storing excess energy generated during the day and deploying it when it is most needed, which provides all renewable energy in California.
It will indeed become one of the largest battery projects in the country and even in the world.
In contrast, Tesla’s famous “big battery” in South Australia has an energy storage capacity of 193.5 MWh.
What Apple did not disclose in the announcement was that Tesla was involved in the project.
edge A document submitted to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors was found, which indicated that it would use 85 Tesla Megapacks:
“The proposed modification will allow the CFS project to generate up to 60 megawatts (“MW”) of electricity, 240 megawatt hours (“MWH”) can be stored on-site when demand is insufficient, and then allocated during peak demand periods. Proposed The modification will include the construction and installation of the BESS, which includes a maximum of 85 Tesla Megapack battery cells. Each set of four Megapack battery packs will be installed at approximately 75 feet (“feet”) by 12 feet. Consisting of 2 feet thick concrete pads Other improvements include facility upgrades to the northern substation of the existing CFS project to allow conversion of additional energy from BESS, transmission lines (above ground or underground) to the existing CFS substation, real-time monitoring system, various safety features , Drainage system improvements, construction site fences, and new lanes proposed from Turkish Apartment Road.”
Megapack is a large-scale energy storage product used by Tesla for utility projects. It consists of a container-sized battery and all batteries with power electronics to form a package.
Considering that Tesla charges US$200 to US$300 per kilowatt-hour for Megapacks, this is an important project between the two companies, because Apple may pay Tesla more than US$50 million in battery costs.
There is some kind of competition between the two California-based companies, especially in terms of talent.
Over the years, they have poached a large number of engineers and executives-most recently Apple from Tesla is engaged in the former’s self-driving electric car project.
But in terms of energy, Apple now needs Tesla’s help to achieve its goal of making its supply chain and products carbon neutral by 2030.
A large part of achieving this goal is to rely on renewable energy for all its operations. Apple has been solving this problem by investing in solar and wind energy, but those renewable energy sources need to be balanced with energy storage because they are intermittent.
Like many other companies and power companies, Apple turned to Tesla’s recently rapidly developing energy storage solutions.
Last quarter, Tesla deployed a record 1,584 MWh of energy storage-a year-on-year increase of nearly 200% and a month-on-month increase of 100%.
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