Tesla is a leading American company famous for manufacturing electric vehicles. The company is moving forward to bring innovations in other industries. Tesla Powerwall is a step towards this direction. This innovative technology can help to store energy for residential and commercial usages.
Tesla Powerwall is a lithium-ion battery that you can use as an alternative to power your home. You can use this as a backup to support your energy needs. This is a wall or floor-mounted battery system designed to store energy generated by wind turbines, solar power panels or the grid (electric company).
You can use Powerwall daily to power your home. Each battery can store up to 13.5 kWh of energy, weighs 251.3 pounds, and offers an easy installation. You can install it both inside and outside of your home. However, the installation needs to be done by a certified technician. Semper Solaris is a proud Tesla Powerwall certified installer.
How to Use Tesla Powerwall
There are three ways to use Powerwall.
- You can get a complete power source to meet the energy needs of your home. Its off-grid approach will enable users to power their homes fully by using the solar battery storage. You can install one or two Powerwall batteries depending on your requirements.
- Powerwall can be considered as a supplementary power source for your home during the evening or when you need it most.
- Powerwall can be ideal for the backup power supply in case of a power outage or blackout.
Once installed, it can be accessed through the intuitive, easy to use dashboard. The dashboard gives you control of power being used in your home and allows you to adjust the time and settings of your Powerwall.
How Does A Tesla Powerwall Work?
Each part of the Powerwall system will be plugged into the electrical panel of your home. The Powerwall will collect and store energy. You will need a setup with a few components, and it will be installed in your house.
Powerwall Battery Pack
This is one of the crucial components of a system. This pack will merge with your electrical panel to enable you to use the solar storage for emergency or daily use.
Solar panels are the best option to convert solar energy into electricity. The solar panel will store solar energy during the day hours to be used at night when solar panels are not receiving sunlight.
The inverter is what will convert solar energy into electricity. With the Tesla Powerwall, the inverter is built into the battery.
For the backup usage, you will need to download the Tesla mobile app to view and set up backup for your Powerwall. According to Tesla, “Powerwall is now designed for whole home backup. With whole home backup, your Powerwall system can support your entire home with backup power during an outage.”
Tesla Powerwall is supported by ten years warranty. It is designed to offer a worry-free approach to meet the energy needs of your home or office.
Charging Your Powerwall
Tesla Powerwall is a great way to store any unused energy for future use or emergencies. To use your Powerwall, in any situation, you must charge it.
Powerwall and the Grid
According to PG&E, battery storage has two main functions, to charge and discharge. Charging can be done through your solar system or through the grid, or the electric company. Discharging is using the stored energy from your battery storage or returning it to the grid. Tesla Powerwall can be installed in your home with or without solar. When Powerwall is installed with solar, it will not be able to be charged from the grid, as it will be charged from the solar panels on your home. When Powerwall is installed without solar, it can be charged from the grid, or electric company, if it is in Backup-Only or Time-Based Control.
According to Tesla, “Backup power mode or Backup-Only reserves 100 percent of your Powerwall energy to provide seamless power to your home in the event of an outage. Powerwall will charge from the grid or from your solar system, and only discharge during a grid outage.”
Advanced Time-Based Control
Time-Based Control helps you maximize savings by smartly charging or discharging your Powerwall” according to Tesla.