Regardless of whether you’re looking for a residential or commercial solar system Melbourne-based renewable energy enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that the future of solar batteries is getting greener.
While the green credentials of solar panels has never been doubted, there has been a question mark over solar batteries and their connection to the oil and gas industries for some time.
However, the solar energy industry is committed to the environment, which is why it is a continual site for innovation.
The most recent news is that Tesla and BHP have developed a partnership to move away from oil and gas, and together refocus the supply chain on applications for abundant nickel.
When mined correctly, nickel has a low carbon footprint and can be used in the development of batteries for wide scale solar energy networks.
Demand for Nickel Estimated to Grow
If you want an industry insider look at how “big” solar energy is going to be in future, then just look at the expected market growth for nickel:
“Demand for nickel in batteries is estimated to grow by over 500% over the next decade, in large part to support the world’s rising demand for electric vehicles,” BHP chief commercial officer Vandita Pant said.
The Deal Between BHP and Tesla
BHP and Tesla will also work together to find new ways to make the solar batteries and their material supply chain more sustainable, including opportunities to lower carbon emissions throughout the process.
In Australia, BHP will supply Tesla with nickel from its Nickel West plant in Western Australia, with the key focus being nickel for their electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
We’ve written about the future of drawing solar energy from EV cars before, and we believe this partnership is a positive step in this direction.
Get Solar Powered Today
Sunstainable are excited about the renewable future and recommend all Melbournians join the solar revolution now, while rebates are still readily available. Contact us today to get started.