Apple will use Tesla’s ‘megapack’ batteries at its California solar farm

Apple declared Wednesday that it is developing a major battery storage challenge at a Northern California solar farm it spearhead in 2015. But what the corporation did not share is that the battery packs will occur from Tesla, The Verge has acquired.

The freshly-declared setup, which will retail outlet up to 240 megawatt-hours of strength, was accepted by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 2020, in accordance to files submitted past calendar year. It will consist of 85 Tesla lithium-ion “megapacks” and be utilized to support electric power the company’s company headquarters in Cupertino. Monterey County’s planning main verified that Apple will use the Tesla batteries in an email to The Verge. Apple declined to comment. Tesla did not react to a ask for for remark.

Tesla first declared the megapack battery procedure back again in 2019. The 60MW storage set up Apple will be utilizing is not Tesla’s greatest, though. The company has developed bigger in general battery storage options in Australia and south of Houston, Texas of all-around 100MW in sizing. However, Apple touted it as “one of the greatest battery jobs in the country” in a press release, indicating the battery method could electricity far more than 7,000 homes for a whole working day. The Tesla batteries will make it probable for Apple to keep strength generated by its 130-megawatt photo voltaic array at the farm, which is termed California Flats.

“The problem with cleanse energy — solar and wind — is that it’s by definition intermittent,” Apple VP Lisa Jackson instructed Reuters on Wednesday. “If we can do it, and we can clearly show that it performs for us, it normally takes absent the concerns about intermittency and it helps the grid in phrases of stabilization. It is a little something that can be imitated or developed upon by other corporations.”

When Apple uses lithium-ion batteries in lots of of its solutions, it’s not recognized to be working on any grid-scale assignments. The enterprise is reportedly building a lithium iron phosphate battery for its electrical automobile job, although.

Apple and Tesla really do not have significantly overlapping record, nevertheless every enterprise is infamous for poaching talent from the other. Tesla CEO Elon Musk also stated in December that he tried using to pitch the idea of Apple buying his business again in 2018, but that Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner “refused” to just take the assembly.

Tesla is greatest regarded for its electric automobiles, but it is put in several years attempting to construct up an electrical power storage enterprise to compliment the solar goods it obtained when it acquired Solar Metropolis. It has gotten significantly included in large-scale power storage projects like Apple’s in excess of the many years in addition to its dwelling battery organization.

Whilst it’s however modest compared to the billions of dollars generated by Tesla’s car or truck business enterprise, the energy storage division’s products has presently netted at the very least one other weird bedfellow shopper: in 2019, Volkswagen announced it was using Tesla batteries at some of its Electrify The us charging stations.