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Tesla is making plug-and-play microgrids with a wide range of applications

By District Energy posted 10-28-2020 19:35




A top Tesla executive in its energy division released more information about Tesla’s effort to deliver plug-and-play microgrids with a wide range of applications.

Earlier this week, we reported on a new comment from Michael Snyder, director of engineering and construction, energy projects at Tesla, saying that the company now has over 120 operational microgrids around the world.

Snyder now said that the comment has attracted a lot of attention, and he wanted to expand on Tesla’s effort to develop microgrids in a new LinkedIn post.

The engineer said that Tesla focuses on turning microgrids into plug-and-play power systems:

“A plug-and-play microgrid has been a foundational element since the inception of the Powerpack platform. A microgrid has never been a separate “product” from an engineering perspective; it’s simply another application that folds into the Powerpack hardware, software, and system test ecosystem and product evolution. Because of this approach we have the same hardware and software used on large on-grid projects like Hornsdale and KIUC as we do on every microgrid around the world. We can leverage our full engineering horsepower across the entire product to improve all projects and applications, rolling them out like our over-the-air updates to the vehicle fleet. These microgrid projects range from providing resiliency to businesses in both strong and weak grids, to 80%+ renewable microgrids operating in remote rural and island locations around the globe supporting critical public and community infrastructure.”

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