First Home-based Tesla Powerwall Battery System installed in Australia

Off-grid living is a hope for many of us, and on this site we have been talking for a long time about how LENR could make that a viable and inexpensive possibility. But LENR, of course, is not the only energy technology that can be used for this purpose.

Home-based solar installations are becoming increasingly popular in some parts of the world, and now Tesla Motors is beginning in Australia to roll out its Powerwall batteries, which are designed to solar store energy in homes which have solar panels installed.

This article in Mashable looks at the first home-based installation of a Powerwall system:

Tesla has focused on Australia for its Powerwall roll-out because it has a sunny climate and a growing base of people using solar panels, and grid-supplied electricity is also very expensive relative to other countries.

The article features a homeowner named Nick Pfitzner who has the first Powerwall installation in the country.

From the article:

According to Pfitzner’s calculations, for his family, there should be a return on investment in less than eight years. “If [power] prices go up, or in the likely scenario we get a carbon tax back, it’s going to be good.”

Not content with simply installing the Powerwall, Pfitzner said he is planning to look into reselling his stored excess power at peak times. “That’s the next step,” he said “With solar power, I can resell a little back to the grid.”

I would imagine this would be seen as an attractive proposition for many homeowners who can afford to do it, especially where utility bills are high and there’s plenty of sunshine. Energy independence is an attractive idea for many people, and I would imagine that Tesla will get plenty of interest in their Powerwall systems, and will provide some competition to companies like Leonardo Corp. who are still working on domestic LENR products.

  • fusionrudy

    Ultimately the market will decide on the basis of total lifecycle costs between solar+storage and LENR. This could of course be influenced by political factors such as subsidies/taxes. But large scale LENR has the special potential to replace the existing fission reactors, since the rest of the installations (turbines, generators etc.) can be kept going for a long time with this new heat source.

  • Gerard McEk

    This wooden box at the last picture seems to me the battery box. I do not think that looks very sophisticated and in fact quite bulky. It is also wrongly mounded according to the arrows on the box. When it is just 7 kWh that box is extremely large. (Just imagen that the Tesla cars have a 80 kWh battery on the bottom plate). Anyway, I wouldn’t want to have such a box on my wall, Elon….

    • Gerard McEk

      By looking at it again, I think the first two pictures show the final situation. I am not sure why the box was mounted on the wall, though.

      • Jimr

        I don’t believe it was mounted, I believe it was the shipping container with the battery inside before installation.

        • Omega Z

          Probably the box is to cover the battery from exposure to the elements?

          Anyway, behind the box, the battery is mounted to the wall.
          Unless they found a way to levitate the box. There is no support beneath it.

          • Jimr

            I agree it was placed after installation, but believe it is the shipping container. Notice this side up. It is not a permanent fixture.

  • GreenWin

    Nice to see mass marketed off-grid solutions coming to fruition. This helps the future of home-based E-Cats and LENR. Of course I’d far prefer an E-Cat in the basement requiring one annual fuel charge – as opposed to monthly/weekly cleaning and maintenance of rooftop PV. But Musk and Tesla are to be congratulated for pressing the distributed energy concept which must gain consumer acceptance for home LENR to thrive.

    BTW, Tesla Powerwall has some competition:

  • Gryphon

    Will these Li-ion cells even last the 8 years this guy needs to achieve payback?

    • Teemu Soilamo

      The warranty is 10 years.

  • Atsom

    See who is designing tomorrow!
    See up to the end.

  • clovis ray

    well I see gorge has turned another perfectly good conversation into a political tale of his crap . Ideas, am sick of his hijacking every post, i went back to the archive to see what Rossi had said about something over two years ago and guess what, there he was whining about capitalism, great Scott, how long are to endure this

    • georgehants

      clovis are you still whining? unfortunately for you free speech is still allowed in some parts of this World.
      Your desired dictatorship where everybody thinks as you is very unlikely to be excepted by the majority in a democracy.

  • clovis ray

    Hey Frank, i noted you have changed the finish date to 58 days, why for did you do that. lol, did i miss something.

    • ecatworld

      Hi Clovis — based on this from AR today:

      February 1st, 2016 at 8:52 AM
      Dr Andrea Rossi,
      I understand that the tests of the 1 MW E-Cat will be co,pleted by the end of March: is this deadline still valid?

      Andrea Rossi
      February 1st, 2016 at 9:07 AM
      If we’ll have not surprises from Her, I would say yes, it makes sense.
      Warm Regards,

  • Roland

    Yup; this could be seen as primarily a branding exercise aimed at long term market share while the next generation of battery technologies matures. Seen in this light you’d have to admit it’s going well as half the people on the planet know something about Musk’s electric projects, if only by the names…