Tesla builds Powerpack system to provide backup power to Osaka train

Tesla has deployed an interesting new Powerpack system to provide backup power to a train in Osaka in case of an emergency and to reduce peak energy demand.

At this point, Tesla has hundreds of commercial Powerpack projects deployed around the world.

This new one in Japan is particularly interesting – not because of its size, but because it is “designed to provide emergency backup power to safely move a train and its passengers to the nearest station,” according to Tesla.

It’s a 7 MWh Powerpack project in partnership with Kintetsu, a large railway operator in Osaka, Japan.

It consists of 42 Powerpacks and inverters installed directly at a train station:

Tesla explains the purpose of its latest Powerpack system:

“In the event of a grid outage, this Osaka Powerpack installation is designed to provide emergency backup power to safely move a train and its passengers to the nearest station The 42 Powerpack battery system will also help reduce energy demand on the Osaka grid during peak hours.”

The automaker claims that its system can move one of Kintetsu’s trains to safety for up to 30 minutes.

Tesla managed to install all the hardware in only two days. They have released a timelapse of the installation on Instagram:

Now that it is operational, Tesla claims it is its biggest energy storage project in Asia, and the fourth largest in the greater APAC region.

It is only beaten by battery systems deployed in Hornsdale and Gannawarra (both in Australia) and Western Samoa.

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