Tesla Tiny House Educates Consumers About Solar & Powerwall

4 weeks ago by Steven Loveday 16

Tesla Tiny House

Tesla Tiny House (Image Credit: Tesla)

The Tesla Tiny House makes it easy for consumers to see the benefits of solar panels and home energy storage (Tesla Powerwall).

Home energy storage is a fairly new concept and is only allowed in certain areas. For this reason, people tend to be in the dark regarding its benefits and how it may impact them. To make the technology easier to understand, Tesla is using a Model X to tow the miniature house to various destinations to educate people.

Not unlike Tesla’s mobile design studio for its

Tesla Tinh House

Tesla Tiny House (Image Credit: Tesla)

vehicles, the Tiny House includes a design studio and a configurator. Customers can figure out how much energy they can produce and store using Tesla’s products, as well learning about the potential to make a profit with their systems. Tesla’s press release reads:

“Powered by 100 percent renewable energy via a 2 kW solar system and Powerwall, Tiny House … can calculate how your home can generate clean energy from the sun using solar panels, storing it in the Powerall to use through the day and night, which can all be monitored and controlled by the Tesla app.”

The Tesla Tiny House is now in Melbourne, Australia and will soon journey to Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. Tesla has been selling Powerwalls in Australia for some time, however its solar roof products are not yet available there. The country has also been in the news recently, in association with Tesla, since the company is working on the world’s largest energy storage installation in Australia.

Check out the following video to learn more about the Tesla Powerwall.

Tesla’s website reads:

Experience the Tesla Tiny House

Tesla is hitting the road across Australia in a tiny house powered by 100% renewable energy. Join us at one of our upcoming locations to experience how Powerwall and solar can seamlessly integrate to power an entire home.

We want to bring the Tesla Tiny House to you, so you can fully experience what it means to be self-powered. Our next stop could be in your town, tell us where you’d like to see us.

Source: Tesla, Electrek

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16 responses to "Tesla Tiny House Educates Consumers About Solar & Powerwall"

  1. Warren says:

    Yes. Just think if first world folks lived in tiny houses, like most of the world’s population, how small our carbon footprint would be. Or we can try to bury our way out of the problem.

    https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/8/18/16166014/negative-emissions#350509998-tw%231503107228897

  2. speculawyer says:

    Australia is the place to sell Powerwalls & powerpacks.

    Apparently through a combination of the fact that Australia is very geographically disperse (thus needing long transmission & distrubution runs) and a HUGELY corrupt power sector, Australia way over invested in traditional generation, transmission, and distribution equipment such that they have some of the highest electricity prices in the world. This is ironic since they largely rely upon supposedly “cheap” coal.

    And with those high prices and a huge amount of solar insolation, people moved big into solar PV creating a utility death spiral. Australia has one of the highest percentages of rooftop solar PV in the world.

    So to push back, the utilities reduced net-metering programs. Therefore people now buy batteries so they can maximize self-consumption.

    Had the utilities not been so corrupt, they would not have massively over-invested in so much traditional generation.

    1. We need them everywhere!

  3. Bill Howland says:

    I doubt many Australians have AUS$0.05 or AUS$0.056 per kwh rates, as implied by the video.

    Of course, the video is typically dishonest when showing ‘soot stacks’ when Carbon Dioxide is colorless and odorless, and is perfectly safe to eat, as anyone who enjoys SODA can attest to.

    Since you can throttle those Tesla HPWC’s down to around 24 amperes, I’d think thats about all you can do with a single Powerwall, especially if you’re ‘charging’ it a 2 kw rate. But then, the somewhat deceptive nature of this video is probably just a ‘feel – good’ endeavor, – not to be truly believed as a practical solution.

    The scale and numbers of the thing just don’t add up for me – although the typical “Jail Cell” sized 250 sq ft house can probably get along just fine with a 2 kw solar array – solar panels make much sense for me personally – even though I live in an area that gets about as much sun as Alaska does.

    Another thing – in the States at least there are no ‘energy efficient’ regular OVENS or Clothes Driers, seeing as:

    1). They draw gobs of energy to begin with…

    2). They haven’t come up with more direct methods of accomplishing the machine’s function while using less energy.

    – have to leave that for Turbo Chefs and Microwaves, and a clothes line in the Summer Sun..

    In NY State, we can’t have any kind of battery storage to arbitrage the electric rates, as long as we subscribe to free NET metering.

    But for those who can’t have net metering deals with their utilies, or are entirely off-grid, then of course, a packaged battery is a good deal.

    For emergency power, I’ve given up on my troublesome 6 kw generator, (gave it away to a neighbor) and now rely entirely on my 2 ev’s to power critical house hold items during emergency outages.

    1. alohart says:

      Energy-efficient condensing clothes dryers are available in the U.S. and have been for years. We have had an LG combination washer and condensing clothes dryer (one machine) for 10 years. It circulates the same air through the dryer repeatedly through a heating chamber powered by a small low-power 120 V resistance heater, through the wet clothes picking up moisture, through a condenser chilled with flowing tap water which removes moisture through the washer drain, and then back through the heating chamber to start the cycle again. An additional efficiency bonus is that it doesn’t pump heated or cooled interior air out through a dryer vent and, in fact, doesn’t use a dryer vent at all.

      1. Warren says:

        Haven’t used our dryer in years. We use an amazing device for clothes drying. It consists of a cord attached to two trees, and some wooden pins. My mother seldom used her dryer. Even in frigid Wisconsin winters she hung clothes on lines in the basement. Helped humidify the house too.

        1. Mark.ca says:

          …and for an even faster dry time just tie them up behind your horse while you gallop to work.

          1. Warren says:

            I hope you techno-utopians are ready for this future.

      2. Bill Howland says:

        Oh ok, wasnt’ aware that product was on the market, but sounds like a decent idea. Couple questions: what is the size of the heater, tonage or total amperage of the unit, and how much water does it need per cycle?

        Unfortunately, electricity is basically free at my house, however cooling water is not.

      3. Bill Howland says:

        Alohart – ok, looked at several reviews of these condensing ventless dryers.

        Apparently a mixed bag: Most people like them when they dry small loads – and the LG models seem to have the better of the reviews, which frankly aren’t all that great.

        Large loads apparently take 4 hours.

        The largest machine I looked at – a whirlpool (all decently sized machines, including this one – still require 7 kw of electricity) has ‘cycle’ times of 3,6,9 or 12 hours (!!!!) – the one common point between all machines is any fair amount of clothes requires GOBS of drying time, and people complain the room gets hot, so, so much for energy efficiency no matter what the label is. However in a cold climate such as mine, the thing apparently will heat the house.

        Used in tandem with a $2000 hybrid water heater that sucks heat out of the basement, you could use the thing to more cheaply heat your water later.

        But this “SAVING MONEY” with energy efficient appliances would put me in the poor house – especially if they constantly have to be serviced.

        I only spend a few $$$ on Natural Gas anyway so I think I’ll continue with things the traditional way.

        LG apparently has the best reliability of the lot – but none of them seem great.

        Whirlpools seem just God-Awful in general.

  4. ggpa says:

    Whoever made the video does not know that Tesla batteries are made out of many, small circular cells. At 0:44 mark in video there are battery modules with Tesla name and logo …

  5. JBA says:

    I don’t understand the statement “only allowed by some states”. I have not heard of any US states where powerwalls are not allowed”. You may not be able to return power to the grid in many areas but using one for your own home power in your home electrical system is outside of the power suppliers boundary of control.

    1. Bill Howland says:

      Powerwall in not allowed for me where I live – as far as it being ‘None of their business’ I signed a CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT with NEW YORK STATE, and my utility NATIONAL GRID – that I have to abide to if I want to continue to be a POWER PRODUCER.

      These are the legalities involved if I want to sell juice BACK to the utility.

      1. Mark.ca says:

        So get one and use the energy for yourself not to sell it to them. Use it just like you used your generator.

        1. Bill Howland says:

          Mark.ca HA!

          I already use my 2 ev batteries for that. ALong with extra cheap Harbor Junk Tools inverters. Cheap enough to even have a spare.

          Batteries in the EV’s are plenty large enough – no PowerWall needed for emergency power.

          In an emergency, its uncanny how ‘LITTLE’ electricity you really need to keep the food from spoiling, or the basement from flooding.

  6. Mark.ca says:

    Before the Powerwall we weren’t able to store excess solar energy….WHAT?!!!
    Did this guy just wake up and decided to make a video?

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