Elon Musk has been on a mission to revolutionise power and create a sustainable source for households across the world. Yet, so far the cost of installing a Powerwall was been too steep for everyday households (at around $3,000) and the capacity has been insufficient, with the battery only able to store up to 10 kWh of electricity, or around a third of the amount the average daily American household consumes.
But the idea of a ‘Powerwall’ has led a group of enthusiast to build their own version, using everyday materials that can be already found around the household. No billion dollar investment required, just a keen enthusiasm for engineering.
You can check out the dedicated online forum here.
The community of ‘Powerwallers’ have taken it upon themselves to create a sustainable household energy source, and so far, they seem to be succeeding.
How do they do it?
Most of the ‘Powerwallers’ use 18650 lithium-ion batteries for their projects, which you can buy off the shelf for around £5 . The batteries are usually encased in colourful plastic coating and can be found inside electronics like laptops.
The challenge with building a Powerwall is the number of batteries required, which often involves stockpiling hundreds, if not thousands of 18650 cells needed to build a battery capable of storing a significant amount of power.
However, getting hold of lithium-ion batteries is difficult. Although contained in old laptops, the number required to build a significant power source is a major obstacle to DIY Powerwallers. Start collecting now if you want to build your power source for the future.
But you can’t help but be inspired by the effort!
Check out this video for more information.