Tesla’s energy division is expanding its energy storage deployment in many markets and now they have been delivering some Powerpacks in the UK.
A new system has been deployed at Manchester Science Park (MSP), which is home to many startups and businesses.
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They have installed a 4-Powerpack system with a Tesla commercial inverter – pictured above.
In a press release, they also say that they could eventually expand the energy storage system with more Powerpacks:
“The Powerpack system at the Bright Building has been installed with four Powerpacks and one inverter. It is a flexible, scalable battery system, with, in this case, the ability to have up to sixteen additional Powerpacks added to it if the requirements for the building increase on a power and/or energy level.”
For now, the system will be used to “help insulate MSP from shifting commercial tariffs and escalating non-commodity prices.”
It will also provide backup power in order to keep the lights on in case of outages for businesses located at the park.
MSP apparently even has ambitions to use the Tesla Powerpack system to eventually go off-grid.
Tom Renn, MSP managing director, commented:
“This pilot installation marks a key milestone in our advanced energy strategy. It also makes good on a commitment to invest in sustainable improvements to our campuses, signed up to as part of our green funding package with Lloyds Bank. We have bold plans to harness the opportunities provided by advanced energy. We envisage that within 12 months, the Bright Building will be an energy island – self-sufficient and operating without reliance on the National Grid.”
The economics of energy storages are starting to make sense in several markets at this point.
Outside of the U.S., Tesla has been mainly delivering energy storage systems in Australia, where the energy markets are extremely favorable to energy storage, but they have now been expanding to other markets.
We have reported on a new Powerpack system that brought a business almost completely off-grid in France, Tesla Powerpacks have also powered up a new microgrid to stop outages in a town in the Philippines, and while this is a rare Powerpack system in the UK, we have actually heard of two other projects before.