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Panasonic expects profit from Tesla batteries by year-end

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:28 -- News Editor
Panasonic expects profit from Tesla batteries by year-end

Electronics giant Panasonic expects to see a profit from Tesla’s Model 3 batteries by the end of the year.

Panasonic began battery cell production for the mass-market electric vehicle at their $5 billion Gigafactory in Nevada, USA, in June. 

 

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Southern deploys Tesla batteries in Florida pilot

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 09:24 -- News Editor
Southern deploys Tesla batteries in Florida pilot

Atlanta-based gas and electric utility Southern Company and its Gulf Power subsidiary has launched a two-year battery storage research project in in Pensacola, Florida.

The McCrary Battery Energy Storage Demonstration project will test and evaluate a 250 kW/1 MWh Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion industrial energy storage system, which shares the same battery chemistry used in electric vehicles and consumer electronics.

 

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Tesla chosen for world’s biggest battery in Australia

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:16 -- News Editor
Tesla chosen for world’s biggest battery in Australia

Tesla is to deliver the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia – with a pledge to supply the system within 100 days or offer it free of charge.

Under the terms of the deal, with South Australia’s state government,  (the financial details of which have not been released), Tesla will provide the 100MW/129MWh Powerpack system to be paired with French utility Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown.

 
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$1500 for pioneering Tesla’s battery storage at home

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:08 -- Xuan Zhong
$1500 for pioneering Tesla’s battery storage at home

US tech giant Tesla and Vermont-based electric services provider Green Mountain Power (GMP) have launched a home energy solution which initially unites Powerwall and Powerpack lithium-ion batteries into a single resource of shared energy.

GMP plans to install Powerpacks on utility land and deploy up to 2,000 Powerwall batteries to households within the service area to enable more renewable energy and increase grid efficiency.

 

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Tesla doomed says former GM (and Exide) boss

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:55 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla doomed says former GM (and Exide) boss

An old sage of the auto and battery industry put the ‘king’s new clothes’ argument to a US TV audience last Wednesday. Bob Lutz, GM's former Vice Chairman and once CEO of Exide predicted the demise of Tesla on the US TV show CNBC this morning. 

A rather blunt Lutz shared his views, saying that Tesla's constant cash burn combined with a barrage of competitive models that are about to hit the market is likely to indicate that the company is "doomed."

 

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Tesla could move into Nickel mining, pack inventor says

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:21 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla could move into Nickel mining, pack inventor says

Kurt Kelty winner of the Cambridge Enertech battery innovator of the year award and Senior Director, Cell Supply Chain and Business Development at Tesla Motors told BBB that the company did not rule out becoming a mining company as it consolidates its position into becoming the biggest user and manufacturer of lithium ion cells in the world.

Kelty, speaking at Cambridge Enertech’s Florida Battery seminar last week told the meeting that with a target of 35GW production output from the much hyped Nevada Gigafactory by 2020, more vertical integration was the key to hitting costs targets.

 

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Former Tesla employees plans for Europe’s first Gigafactory

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton

Two former Tesla workers are set to beat their former employee in making lithium-ion cells for electric vehicle and energy storage applications in Europe.

Northvolt AB’s ambitious plans to build Europe's first Gigafactory in Sweden were given a boost when investment firm InnoEnergy, announced a €3.5million (around 35MSEK or $3.7million) investment.

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Gigafactory rolls into production despite being 30% complete

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 09:39 -- Paul Crompton
Gigafactory rolls into production despite being 30% complete

Despite being only 30% finished, Tesla’s lithium-ion Gigafactory has rumbled into life proving the US can go head-to-head with Asia’s battery making industry.

Mass production of 2170 cells for Tesla’s Powerwall range of energy storage systems began last week, with Model 3 cell production set to follow in Q2 of this year.

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SONNEN grabs another Tesla employee as it expands into US

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 14:46 -- Paul Crompton
SONNEN grabs another Tesla employee as it expands into US

Rivalry between firms Sonnen and Tesla seems to extend beyond residential energy storage products to include employees. 

German residential energy storage system firm Sonnen has hired former Tesla Energy’s North American sales manager Blake Richetta.

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Gas spill lands Tesla with 20MW energy storage deal

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 15:25 -- Paul Crompton
Gas spill lands Tesla with 20MW energy storage deal

Electric vehicle and energy storage firm Tesla is moving into the grid-scale energy storage market with two deals to supply lithium-ion systems.

The first is to develop a 20MW/80MWh utility-scale system for electricity company Southern California Edison Co.

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