The Anonymous Widower

Second Life Energy Storage Firm Smartville Inc On Modules vs Packs, Ramp-Up Plans And Tesla’s Approach

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Energy Storage News.

I like the concept of taking the life-expired batteries out of electric vehicles and giving them a second life as grid batteries.

Smartville seem to have taken this simple and useful idea to a new level.

These are my thoughts.

The Internet Of Batteries

By the use of clever software, it appears, that they can control different types of battery packs, in a manner that could be called the Internet of Batteries.

They can also measure the state and performance and calculate the replacement date of each battery pack.

The Mother Of All Batteries

The implementation of this concept in their MOAB product allows the controlling software to manage a number of battery packs precisely to deliver a battery of the precise number of MWh, that the customer ordered.

  • Provided an interface driver can be written, any type and make of battery pack can be incorporated.
  • Nearly new, salvaged or elderly battery packs cab be used.
  • The operating system can predict, when a battery pack must be replaced.
  • Smartville are planning to install a 4MWh grid battery in central California that will be co-located with an existing power plant.

In some ways, the controlling software, is like the Chief Coach of a tug-of-war team, of mixed sexes, weights and strengths, that by asking for the right level of power from each member, gets the required performance.

Working With Tesla

The article talks about why, they don’t work with Tesla, where this is said.

Our experience in the US is that Tesla does not seem to be interested in working with outside partners. They’ve also publicly stated that they’re not focused on battery repurposing, not in their current business model at least, which I think might change over time. But that’s their public stance at the moment. We’re absolutely open to working directly with them but the opportunity hasn’t presented itself.

Does this indicate, that Tesla and Elon Musk are not the easiest people to deal with?

Conclusion

I shall be following Smartville.

December 27, 2022 - Posted by | Computing, Energy, Energy Storage, Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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