This looks to be a pretty big deal, especially if Tesla can actual scale to the potential here. And the timing is perfect given the ever growing fragility of the power grid to both natural and manmade damage.
There are layers here but the biggest I see is not only being able to daily store energy for solar/wind and other sources but equally powerful is to be able to effectively leverage peak load pricing of the base grid so that you charge the system at night during low load (and low rates) and use your own power - and even potentially sell some power back to the grid during peak power. The rate differential is 4 times or more virtually paying for the cost of the system. Wow.
If this works as hoped it should be clean, silent, simple, free to low cost and make our local power grids far more stable and secure. Win win for everyone (but the power company).
Call me a fanboy of Musk (I am) but he is the Thomas Edison of our time - changing finance (Paypal), transportation (Tesla), space travel (SpaceX), Clean Energy (SolarCity) and now our base power grid itself (Tesla Home Power). Through in Hyperloop and other ideas and he is simply a great practical get-it-done engineer in the classic style.
I really enjoyed flying this thing over Burning Man! There was a low-level sandstorm here, but as soon as I got the quadcopter up just a bit, the whole scene changed. Off in the distance behind the sand, maybe you can see the temple lurking back there. It was so surprising (it always is) to look at the live view on the back of my ipad to see what things looked like from up there...
If you want to see some amazing footage from above, be sure to check out my friend 's footage at his site http://skypixel.org/ — isn't that a cool name for a site? Skypixel? I love it! Eric's a great dude and we had a lot of fun together...
If you look carefully you may notice something unusual about these photos. They show no cars, pedicabs, or even bicycles. At the time I took these images, Katmandu was an entirely pedestrian city. Everyone walked everywhere. Part of why I loved it. That has not been true for decades, so this is something else that was lost long ago. Also missing back then was signage. There are few signs for stores, or the typical wordage you would see in any urban landscape today. Katmandu today is much more modern, much more livable, or at least it was.
Blessings on you, Katmandu!
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