Solar power has been around for a very long time. But soon, these method of renewable energy production is going to be on the tip of everybody’s tongue – thanks in no small part to the efforts of companies like Tesla, and their visionary leader, Elon Musk.
The Next Big Thing:
Tesla are promising game changing applications for the home. With the introduction of their Powerwall range of energy alternatives for the home, Tesla may have just found the killer app for the home.
Sleek, good looking and easy to install, the Powerwall promises to be maintenance free, and provides you with an alternative to “on the grid” energy consumption. It’s possible to have more than one installation in your home too, enabling you to use even less power off the grid (with the exception of times where there may be very high demand).
How They Work:
Firstly, after you have ordered your Powerwall, from the company, there are a few things you will need to have arranged. A qualified Electrician is a must for this kind of installation, as this is not a task for a DIY Enthusiast. You may also need to have solar panels (although these are not essential to the installation).Solar panels, or photovoltaic cells, are made with aluminum and other materials and are fabricated for use using laser micro machining and other methods). Depending on how you have it installed, you can either generate your own power via the solar panels, or charge the battery off grid power, which you can then strategically manage.
Each product is capable of holding a charge equal to 6.4kWh, which should be more than enough to power your home through an evening, if the power generated is coming off solar. If your average consumption is higher, you could opt to have more than one Powerwall installed, or simply use a blend of traditionally sourced energy from your energy company, along with that created during the day from the sun.
While Tesla may be the big name at the moment, the ones who got the ball rolling, they’re not the only game in town either. Many other companies are offering similar products to the Powerwall. For example, the Dutch company, Hybrid, have created a similar product, but allows for energy generation from other sources such as wind power. Their products are also capable of a wider range of installations, from the smaller Hybrid Leisure, which could be used in mobile homes or boats, to the three phase Hybrid Wall, with a massive capacity of 230kW.
Renewable Energy is the Future:
One of the complaints regarding making a conscious effort to become more “green” with regard to a home’s energy requirements, is that it is quite costly to set up. However, as time goes on, these technologies tend to come down in price, as they become more widely adopted. This will surely be the case with the likes of the Powerwall and other similar products in the near future.