America’s automotive and renewable energy firm, Tesla will be opening a factory in Shanghai to produce its Megapack large-scale batteries.
Tesla has informed that this Megafactory in Shanghai will be capable of the annual production of 10,000 Megapacks , which is equivalent to its other Megafactory in Lathrop, California, about 70 miles east of San Francisco. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, informed via a tweet that the factory in Shanghai would supplement the production in California.
As per local reports,the factory in China will be built in Lingang, a suburban area of Shanghai where Tesla’s vehicle factory is also located. Lu Yu, an official in Lingang, informed that production could start as soon as the second quarter of 2024.
The Megapacks are more a piece of energy infrastructure than a consumer product. The batteries aims at storing energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar, and is capable of drawing energy even when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.
These kind of Megapack batteries are not yet broadly implemented in the United States and the technology has not been leveraged. As per reports,the Megapack has been bought for Apple’s renewable energy storage project in California, and for a storage project outside Houston.
Dwelling on the technology of these Megapacks, Tesla said on its website that energy stored in such a manner could help stabilize the grid and prevent outages. It has capability to store energy for the grid reliably and safely, eliminating the need for gas peaker plants and helping to avoid outages. Each pack can store enough energy to power 3,600 homes for an hour, informed Tesla.
The Megapacks are believed to bring relief during unfavourable weather conditions.