Tesla Motors Inc not only makes cars and batteries, but also builds stationary power products for utilities, commercial applications and homes. The battery systems that have been designed for utilities and businesses are referred to as Powerpacks, and its residential version is called Powerwall.
Big savings for Sierra Nevada
Producing beer takes several weeks and a lot of electricity. Payments for the electricity are made by all big industrial operations such as Sierra Nevada not just on overall use, but also on peak usage over the course of a month. So, if the companies are able to find a way to reduce that peak usage, then they can make significant cost savings.
And, Sierra Nevada just found a way to do this.
Tesla Motors Inc batteries coupled with solar power and micro-turbine generator have been put in use by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to help make beer brewing more environmentally friendly at its Chico, California facility. The factory has a Tesla Powerpack battery system installed that derives power from an existing 10,751-panel, a microturbine of two megawatts and two-megawatt solar installation – the largest owned by any US brewery, notes The Verge.
Sierra Nevada is able to offset around 20% of its yearly electricity use with the usage of this setup. Sierra Nevada has installed a Tesla Powerpack system with the output capability of up to 500 kilowatts of power. This allows the brewery to reduce the electricity usage by large from its peak usage.
Tesla Powerpack – a smart setup
There exists a very promising relationship between the beer-making industry and advanced energy storage industry, and this deployment marks an early entry in the field. Tesla spokesperson Alexis Georgeson said that the Maui Brewing Company had Powerpack batteries installed too.
Tesla Motors Inc has designed its software in such a manner that it allows the batteries to charge when the demand is low, and when the demand spikes it discharges. As per the EV firm, the software needs no connection to Sierra Nevada’s systems, instead, it learns demand trends and adapts as per the need.
Sierra Nevada is able to avoid the worst of the charges by discharging power from the Powerpack bank at times of peak consumption. This helps to reduce the cost of doing business, and relieves some stress on the grid as well.
In many wineries a close precedent for brewery batteries can be found, notes GTM. For example, Alpha Omega Winery in Napa Valley deployed 580 kilowatt-hours of saltwater batteries from Aquion Energy for demand management and backup power as part of a solar-powered microgrid last fall. And, there is a portfolio of 8.4 megawatt-hours of Powerpack storage across six different wineries with the Jackson Family Wineries in California.