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Tesla voracious appetite for growth beyond cars.

The upstart also wants to build capable of powering homes or an emerging market that even surpass Tesla’s business making high-end sedans.

Tesla recently plans for a $5 billion Gigafactory to advanced batteries for its next of cars. But the Palo Alto also said it will use of the lithium-ion batteries for stationary applications, according to documents with the Securities and Exchange

We also plan to start (batteries) for use in homes, commercial and utilities, the company said in the The applications for these battery include backup power, demand reduction, demand and wholesale electric market

CEO Elon Musk touts battery pack technology, with help from as the best in the business. Speaking at a public forum in San Francisco, said Tesla has been battery packs for homes, they can be paired with solar panels to store during the day for use at night.

Combining reliable and compact storage aesthetically pleasing panels, he could be a game-changer for the solar

That’s a scenario that really work and would to a very huge degree, said.

Last year, the agreed to supply battery to one of Musk’s other companies SolarCity in San Mateo — for a new service offered to businesses as a way to cut utility bills. SolarCity, Musk serves as chairman, is a similar service for homes. But the has far larger possibilities as well.

Help for power grid

energy storage, in particular, strengthen the performance electrical and prevent blackouts, experts It could also supplement the amounts of electricity flowing solar power plants and farms. A 2012 report consulting firm Pike estimated that the market for storage will reach $30 by 2022.

Earlier this Tesla’s stock soared a Morgan Stanley analyst a research report arguing the could seize a commanding in the energy storage industry.

If it can be a leader in commercializing battery investors may never look at the same way again, analyst Jonas wrote. If Tesla can the world’s low-cost producer in storage, we see significant (opportunities) for to disrupt adjacent industries.

stock closed Thursday at up 20 percent from a week

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Faces competition

A number of Valley startups are exploring to store large amounts of at a reasonable cost. And California have made the development of a energy storage industry a priority.


The California Public Utilities in the fall ordered the state’s to buy more than 1.3 gigawatts of storage by 2020, enough to supply 993,750 typical at any given moment.

This gives an opportunity for the storage to step up and put forward some utilities Commissioner Carla said at the time. The cost we’ve seen in renewables, the advances, have been by deployment — just more of it out there. This decision is designed to really get new technologies and new competition.

But the goal of energy storage at an affordable has proved elusive, bankrupting startups over the years. And not all are convinced storage will a key market for Tesla.

Let’s get realistic here their focus is on making electric cars, said Irwin of Wedbush Securities. I say, eventually, yes, storage will become a big But we’ve got to see prices come way down between here and

I doubt it’s going to be to Tesla’s business plan.

for its part, sees the Gigafactory as key to down battery prices and electric vehicles more By the time it reaches full in 2020, the proposed plant annually produce enough for 500,000 cars. The factory’s of scale could cut battery more than 30 percent, to the company estimates.

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