It’s pretty obvious that Jordan, an energy-poor country with almost year-round sunshine, is set to benefit greatly from advances in solar power technology.
But even with the encouraging appearance of more and more photovoltaic panels on the roofs of homes and businesses, the challenge remains of how to store the energy they generate when the sun isn’t shining in a way that’s practical, reliable, and cost-effective.
A game-changing solution may now have arrived in the form of the Tesla Powerwall, a relatively affordable, wall-mounted lithium ion battery that charges using electricity generated from photovoltaic systems.
Tesla, a company best known so far for producing electric cars driven by the likes of our own Prime Minister, says the battery offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup in the event of a power outage.
The Powerwall measures just 130 cm X 86 cm. The 10 kWh model designed for weekly cycle applications costs $3,500, while the 7 kWh daily cycle version costs $3,000. When combined with a photovoltaic system, either of these should be more than enough to cover the daily energy needs of the average Jordanian home. Multiple batteries can also be linked together if more power is needed.
Since its announcement in late April, Telsa has reportedly taken orders worth around $800 million in potential revenue. There’s no word yet on when and if Tesla might be bringing it to Jordan. But given the clearly massive market for such a potentially revolutionary product in the Kingdom, and the expensive electricity bill everybody’s complaining about, we reckon it won’t be too long before we see the Powerwall or a similar competing battery appearing in homes here.