Guy Whitcroft Comment to Solar Power Goes Viral

The tipping point for me will be when costs give a return of 5 years or less. At present, the cost of panels/Kwh is still too far high and batteries make the Return on Investment even longer-term. There is also the peak power draw side to consider as most solar installations need to use the grid for major appliances. Hopefully, this will be resolved in the next few years so that the 2022 dateline for this post will be valid.
Posted: 10 March 2016 at 09:49

Neil Jacobsohn Mass-scale storage of solar power

We're told by the fossil fuel moguls that solar energy is all very well, but what do you do when the sun don't shine? How can you rely on solar when its dark, or cloudy? How do you store the energy it can create?
Apart from dramatic breakthroughs in battery technology, scientists are seeking other ways for large-scale storage of solar energy. This team at Stanford may well be onto a solution. And then, as we said in out March 2016 MindBullet, solar goes viral! Read on!
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Posted: 20 March 2016 at 12:29

Doug Vining The energy internet goes live

The Brooklyn micro-grid uses the blockchain to create a solar power sharing mechanism for neighbors, and it has now made its first sale of excess electricity. This is the start of what we refer to as the Energy Internet, where energy can be shared as easily as information, directly peer-to-peer, without the need for a central authority or power utility. And everyone benefits!
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Posted: 9 May 2016 at 16:15

Doug Vining Solar power in a box

This is a pretty cool idea. A solar power mini-plant that fits in a shipping container, and can be unpacked and operational within hours. Great for off-grid villages who need basic power for light and phones.
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Posted: 24 June 2016 at 12:14

Andre May Comment to Solar Goes Viral

This thinking is great, It's green & clean yet installing the panels is costly (as already said). What people loose out of sight is that there is a large segment of people renting property. Along with that the people who live in high rise compartments lack both the finance and space to install the panels. We need a different design that's both cheaper and possibly something that a tenant can take with when moving to a next apartment.
Posted: 13 July 2016 at 14:47

Doug Vining Comment to Solar Goes Viral

Indeed Andre, installing conventional panels is currently costly. But in the future... when solar cells are 3D printed and as thin as paint, perhaps all walls, even windows will be covered by them. That will change the paradigm for sure!
Posted: 13 July 2016 at 14:57

Doug Vining Can't stop viral power

Earlier this year, we published a MindBullet about micro generation and consumption of solar power, particularly in under developed areas like Africa. Now people who have abundant sunshine are leapfrogging the industrial-age model of a centralised power utility, straight into the future of basic electric power at almost zero cost!

Not even Trump can reverse this trend.
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Posted: 6 December 2016 at 06:18

Doug Vining The energy internet gets a new name

It's called deX, for Distributed Energy Exchange, and it's being trialled in Australia.

"Australian homeowners with solar panels and batteries could soon trade their electricity in a digital marketplace developed by a consortium of electricity providers, energy tech startups, energy retailers and energy agencies.
The Distributed Energy Exchange – or deX – was launched on Thursday with the promise to 'change the way energy is produced, traded and consumed at a local level in Australia'."

So, even your flat batteries could turn a profit, by renting themselves out in real time to someone with excess power to store. Next comes smart homes, smart neighborhoods, smart cities...
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Posted: 23 February 2017 at 15:21

Neil Jacobsohn Denmark runs on wind energy

We remain fascinated by the steady advance in alternative energy technologies. Can anyone really still be thinking that our energy future lies in fossil fuels?
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Posted: 4 March 2017 at 12:55

Doug Vining When solar goes viral

When consumers are buying solar panels, at an outdoor market, in Mongolia, or Angola for that matter, then you know solar power is going viral. The future of the power utility as a monolithic entity, often controlled by the state, with power consumers that are dependent on it for affordable energy, is an industrial era idea that simply won't work in the future.
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Posted: 7 June 2017 at 12:24

Doug Vining Solar leapfrogging the grid

If you want a closer look at how solar power is going viral in Africa, bringing lighting to off-grid communities in innovative ways, read this article in the New Yorker. Just like cellphones leapfrogged landlines in Africa, solar power is leapfrogging the grid. Power to the people!
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Posted: 17 July 2017 at 09:05
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