The most important piece of technology that Tesla is working on isn't an electric car. It isn't a solar roof. It's a battery. Not the Powerwall or the new Powerwall 2, but a chunky, squat cylinder -- like an oversized shotgun shell -- called the 2170.
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Tesla’s unveiling of its new Powerwall 2 battery with a built-in AC inverter -- along with some upcoming solar roof tile products -- takes a leaf from the Apple playbook of vertical integration. It’s the latest step on a corporate path, including the imminent merger with SolarCity, that moves Tesla closer to being a vertically integrated provider of energy solutions.
As with the Apple product ecosystem, this aims to establish Tesla as a single entry point for energy generation and storage systems in the home environment. Tesla has both the name and the resources to become a strong player in this realm.
You'd expect that Alan Noble, Google's engineering director for Australia and New Zealand, would be a bit of a tech-head. And yes, he is: he's just had an off-the-grid solar and battery energy storage system set up at his rural South Australian property, using cells designed by Aussie company Redflow for a much lower cost than actually connecting the entire property to the national energy grid.