Tesla Powerwalls Are Keeping the Lights On in This Ukrainian Hospital

Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, shared in a Friday tweet that Tesla’s Powerwalls are powering a hospital in Borodyanka, a small town in the Kyiv region, through blackouts.

The area was heavily damaged by Russian bombings, and efforts to rebuild are ongoing. “Your tech solutions help [Ukraine],” Fedorov said in his tweet, mentioning Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

The Powerwall is a battery energy storage solution from Tesla that stockpiles solar power for use in the event of an outage or grid unavailability.

As of May 2021, Tesla has surpassed 200,000 Powerwall installs worldwide. Unfortunately, Musk revealed in July of last year that the Powerwall had hit a major backlog due to the global chip shortage.

This is not the first time one of Musk’s companies has proven instrumental in maintaining critical services in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country.

SpaceX, Musk’s rocketry and satellite internet venture, enabled its Starlink service in Ukraine shortly after Russia began its invasion of the country earlier this year.

The company shipped batch after batch of its Starlink terminals to Ukraine, with the high-speed internet service making it possible for the country to sustain communications and keep administrative/emergency infrastructure online. Fedorov said last month that Starlink has roughly 150,000 daily active users in Ukraine.