A wall-mounted battery which would store energy from solar panels and wind turbines as well as taking power from the National Grid during cheap periods, will be available in Britain by the end of the year.
At a launch in California this week, the car manufacturer Tesla claimed the new device could change ‘the entire infrastructure of the world.’ And British environmental groups said it could become as common as central heating.
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the rechargeable lithium-ion battery could store up to 10kWh of energy, enough to power 100 boils of the kettle, 10 washing machine loads or 20 days of laptop use.
You know, I’m deeply unconvinced that lithium is the correct battery te3chnology for someone to have in their home. It would most certainly (well, I bloody hope it would at least) fail any sort of fire test for an apartment bloc.
Those fire risks seem worthwhile in transportation because of he power to weight ratio. But for a static battery it doesn’t seem worth the risk somehow.