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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A lot of businesses are leveraging the power of the sun by making use of solar panels. However, most of them are left baffled after the sun sets, largely because they are inept at using solar energy when the sun is not shining.

Tesla motors, an American electric car design and manufacturing company aims to change all that. It has decided to manufacture batteries that store solar energy and serve as a back-up system for consumers during blackouts.

The announcement was made at an event near Los Angeles where Tesla’s Chief Executive Elon Musk said that the move could help change the “entire energy infrastructure of the world.”

This change would be brought about by allowing consumers to get off a power grid or bring energy to remote areas that are not on a grid.

Musk said that Tesla Energy would partner with SolarCity, though more companies are expected to join the fray. The system is known as Powerwall and will begin shipping in the US by this summer.

“If you have the Tesla Powerwall, if the utility goes down, you still have power,” Mr. Musk said.

According to the company, Tesla Energy is a critical step in the mission to enable zero emission power generation.

“The whole thing is an integrated system that just works.”

Analysts say the rechargeable lithium-ion battery unit will be built using the same batteries Tesla produces for its electric vehicles.

The system comes in two units: Tesla will sell the 7kWh unit for $3,000 (£1,954), while the 10kWh unit will retail for $3,500 (£2,275) to installers.

Energy comparison firm USwitch estimates that one kWh can power two days of work on a laptop, a full washing machine cycle or be used to boil a kettle 10 times.

The batteries will be connected to the Internet and can be managed by Tesla from afar.

Customers can connect up to nine battery packs to store larger amounts of power.

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Elon Musk Hints at Boring Company’s First Tunnel launch

"Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle," according to the Electrek

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Musk hints at Boring Company's first tunnel launch in US. (VOA)

Billionaire Elon Musk on Saturday tweeted a photograph with “The Boring Company” and “December 18” on it, indicating that his infrastructure and tunnel construction firm is set to launch its first tunnel under Los Angeles in the US.

Boring Company was earlier slated to launch the tunnel on December 10 and postponed it.

The company reportedly said they would offer the first public test ride with the electric transport system inside the tunnel.

Earlier in October, Musk had announced that the Boring Company was “almost done” with its maiden test tunnel and they would open the project to the public around December 10.

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Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. (Wikimedia Commons)

According to Elon Musk, the company is building a watchtower at the exit of the tunnel with bricks made from dirt dug out of the tunnel.

In Chicago, the company will reportedly build a “Loop” which they described on their website as: “Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates travelling at 125-150 miles per hour.”

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“Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle,” according to the Electrek.

In order to implement this system, the company will have to dig the tunnels and deploy the infrastructure to move those “autonomous electric skates” inside the tunnels. (IANS)