"Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a powerful oneone thats been used to help justify the companys $5 billion factory near Reno, Nev.but batteries have so far only appeared in a handful of true, grid-scale pilot projects.
That changes this week.
Three massive battery storage plantsbuilt by Tesla, AES Corp., and Altagas Ltd.are all officially going live in southern California at about the same time. Any one of these projects would have been the largest battery storage facility ever built. Combined, they amount to 15 percent of the battery storage installed planet-wide last year.
Ribbons will be cut and executives will take their bows. But this is a revolution thats just getting started, Tesla Chief Technology Officer J.B. Straubel said in an interview on Friday. Its sort of hard to comprehend sometimes the speed all this is going at, he said. Our storage is growing as fast as we can humanly scale it.
It seems they're using Lithium Ion batteries, which seems a strange choice to me as presumably the energy density is not a big issue for something that will be stationary.
I know there are a few knowledgable people in this group, so I wondered what the views are: is it something that's now worthwhile, or is it just a PR stunt or something?