AusSMC BRIEFING: Going off grid - is Tesla’s Powerwall revolutionary, or just hype?

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BACKGROUND BRIEFING – Thursday May 21 at 09:30 AEST online Electric car company Tesla recently launched a battery to power homes, Powerwall, and the firm has made some bold claims about its potential. The battery, says Tesla, would allow solar panel-equipped homes to go 'off grid', enable zero emission power generation and bring power to areas of the world that lack traditional electricity infrastructure. But do these claims stand up? Join us for this online briefing, when leading Australian experts will assess Tesla's claim that its batteries will revolutionise the way we use electricity.

Organisation/s: Australian Science Media Centre

Media Briefing

*RECORDING LINK AVAILABLE BELOW*

Electric car company Tesla recently launched a battery to power homes, Powerwall, and the firm has made some bold claims about its potential. The battery, says Tesla, would allow solar panel-equipped homes to go 'off grid', enable zero emission power generation and bring power to areas of the world that lack traditional electricity infrastructure. But do these claims stand up? Join us for this online briefing, when leading Australian experts will assess Tesla's claim that its batteries will revolutionise the way we use electricity.

The briefing will discuss the following issues:

·         How does Powerwall work, and what's new about it?

·         Can we really 'go off grid' with it?

·         What are the implications for energy markets and the big electricity providers?

·         What are the implications for carbon emissions and climate change?

SPEAKERS:

·                     Professor Anthony Vassallo, is Delta Electricity Chair in Sustainable Energy Development at the University of Sydney

·                     Associate Professor Iain MacGill, is Joint Director (Engineering) of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets at UNSW

·                     Jemma Green is Research Fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute

DATE: Fri 22 May

START TIME: 09:30am AEST 

DURATION: Approx 45 min

Attachments:

  • Australian Science Media Centre
    Web page
    Briefing recording

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