One of the brains behind Tesla motors and Paypal, Tesla Motors CEO and entrepreneur Elon Musk has a new invention up his sleeve that will help power homes at low cost, and it will make living off-grid easier than ever.
A Florida woman had to stand up to a local judge to continue living off grid when he declared it illegal, but if millions of people start to live more self-sufficiently and sustainably, what will the corrupt judiciary say then?
Musk’s new invention is based on Tesla’s lithium-ion battery technology, and the new battery is expected to help the company become a leader in the growing home energy-storage market.
“We are going to unveil the Tesla home battery, the consumer battery that would be for use in people’s houses or businesses fairly soon,” Bloomberg quoted Musk as saying.
Not only does this mean that people could tell their electric company (and their high bills) good-bye, better lithium-ion storage also means that even solar arrays would work better. Soon, clean energy could be powering everything from our ovens to our computers and lights with more ease.
If homesteaders were ever concerned about having a sufficient supply of on-demand energy, Musk’s technology would put those worries to bed. Many solar panel manufacturers won’t currently warranty their goods for off-grid living because of storage issues, but the new battery changes that problem considerably.
“We are trying to figure out what would be a cool stationary (battery) pack,” Forbes had quoted Musk as saying at the time. “Some will be like the Model S pack: something flat, 5 inches off the wall, wall mounted, with a beautiful cover, an integrated bi-directional inverter, and plug and play.”
The production of the battery is set to begin in the next 6 months. Lithium-ion technology is popular because the “li-on” batteries are great with energy density; a LIB setup can pack a lot of power into a very small space. According to MIT researchers, “Li-on” batteries offer sufficient charge times and a high number of discharge cycles before they die.
“The long-term demand for stationary energy storage is extraordinary,” JB Straubel, Tesla’s chief technical officer, said. “We’ve put in a huge amount of effort there.”
Overall, the “system” is built to discourage any lifestyle, which would make one sovereign – that is, sustainable, and not dependant on government plutocracies. This threatens our very independence, and in a time when our water and soil is being poisoned, forces us to partake of a disenfranchising system, which causes ill health to the masses.
Anything that helps us live a more self-sufficient life untied from government-led living systems could very well help us survive in the not-so-certain future.
12 thoughts on “The New Home Battery: Is Off Grid Living About to Become Mainstream?”
What is being done to solve the fire hazard aspect of Li-ion batteries??
What is being done about the far greater fire hazard of gasoline powered vehicles?
Fantastic! Finally a brave entrepreneur to stand up and bring to the market something truly powerful and much needed. This is very exciting news. And ron R, your attempt to introduce fear by asking what will be done about the fire hazard is very trollish.
Patti. It is obvious you know nothing about LI-Ion batteries. They cannot be shipped by air for example because of the hazard. Ask someone who uses them to fly model airplanes & be informed. My question was really to determine if progress had been made in this regard. Do your self righteous self a favour & do some research.
Isn’t this pretty much the same type of battery that is powering the Tesla cars? Are you also worried about those catching on fire? My house doesn’t fly. 🙂
Anyone ever tell you Ron, that you are a fukin prick ?
Anyone ever tell you, Ron, that you are a fukn self-absorbed prick ?
Another positive story that I fear will quietly disappear. Is the U.S. government creating tax incentives for this kind of project? I doubt it
If it is part of a solar array, it would certainly qualify for a tax credit here in Missouri.
Consumers that look into this, should also look into the NiFe (Edison) Battery. It does have weaknesses, though. But it should last a generation with little maintenance. Maybe these two battery technologies could complement each other.
Ironic. Last September, I bought Edison batteries, still in their little, wooden creates, at an auction for $3.00. Later I’ll neutralize them, clean, pour in some solution and see what charge they still take.
Desperate to get this here in AZ. I have Solar City panels…. now need to get off the Grid in AZ. SRP recently wanted to up ONLY solar customers by $50 per month. Thanks to Solar City they got them to back off the current solar customers for at least 10 years, however, anyone who installs solar from now on has to pay at least $70 per month to be on the grid, Now the other big power company APS wants to raise one of the fees by 400% from $5 to $21. This is only for new Solar Customers (for now). While this amount may not seem like a lot to some people, there are many retired people here who went solar to save money. These fees will hurt their bottom line. It will also kill solar jobs. These new batteries can’t come soon enough. I would LOVE to be a product tester!!!