Tesla Is Sending Battery Packs to Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico

Tesla Is Sending Battery Packs to Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico”

More than a week after the Category 4 Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, the island with 3.5 million residents is still nearly entirely without power, contributing to an unfolding humanitarian crisis.

Tesla has reportedly been quietly shipping hundreds of its Powerwall battery packs to the island since the country was devastated by Hurricane Maria, Bloomberg has reported. The electric vehicle company is sending Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that, when combined with solar panels, can be extremely help in restoring the island's "totally shot" power grid.

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Debuted in 2016, the latest Powerwall model has a capacity of 13.5 kWh.

As the New York Times reported, restoring power to Puerto Rico will be both difficult and expensive: "Transformers, poles, and power lines snake from coastal areas across hard-to-access mountains". The company has employees on the ground to install them and is working with local organizations to identify locations. "In some cases, the poles have to be manoeuvred in place with helicopters".

Tesla's Powerwall battery system, first introduced in 2015, is created to be a residential stationary energy storage unit that can be charged through solar panels. If Tesla can keep the lights on while the grid is down, it will show the effectiveness of battery packs and solar panels to provide power in emergency situations-something more relevant than ever after this year's destructive hurricane season. Read the original article.

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