What can't Elon Musk do? He's already the head of a successful electric car manufacturer and a space exploration company. Now, the serial inventor and entrepreneur wants to change the way we power our homes and businesses with the new Tesla Powerwall, a battery that could make us all less dependent on the energy grid.
The Power Wall could be a huge break through in how we use electricity from our local utility companies. Power Wall is like a battery pack that stores extra energy when you are not using it for times when you need more power. It could be used to store solar or wind energy to make it easier for homes and businesses to run on renewable power sources even when the sun is not out or the wind is not blowing. Or, it could also store up electricity from the grid that you could use during a power outage or to avoid peak pricing from your local utility.
"Our goal is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy," Musk told a press conference at the Tesla Design Center on Thursday night. "It sounds crazy, but we want to change the entire energy infrastructure of the world to zero carbon."
The 10 kilowatt per hour Powerwall is based on the battery from the Tesla Model S electric car. Consumers can place up to nine Powerwalls in a home.