This looks like a project that could seamlessly insert Tesla's Solar panel/battery storage solution.
From the article, they "... use a bank of lead-acid batteries, similar to those found in cars and trucks. These are charged up during the day by a set of solar panels, making the system entirely self-sustaining."
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The life expectancy and capacity of current storage systems is very good. The next leap will be in size and life cycle. There's no question that many home have size limitations. But part of the equation is expectations for a given amount of energy supply.
A key issue is how the utility operates the existing electricity grid. In Canada some utility providers offer guaranteed rates to supply electricity to the grid instead of building a large storage system. Many home owners install a blended system, that accomplishes both storage and supply of power back to the grid. A typical solar system with storage and supply back to the grid is $12-15,000 USD including installation. The life expectancy of the panels is 15 years and battery life 5-7 years using traditional deep cycle batteries that have high amp capacity. Inverters are evolving as LED lights become more popular and lower in cost, the number of appliances that need 120/240 volt power is dropping from 30-50 outlets to just 5 to 8. Inverter costs are beginning to decline along with wiring costs as more and more outlets can be changed to just 12 volts. Amps required for a home are expected to drop from 120 / 200 to less than 60. New home construction should begin to see these changes over the next 10 years.
Most recent advances in artificial intelligence—such as mobile apps that convert speech to text—are the result of machine learning, in which computers are turned loose on huge data sets to look for patterns.
One of the issues of open source hardware development is the fragmented nature of documentation materials which vary not only in clarity and quality but are also spread out across a host of different platforms. This situation contributes to a general sense of disorientation when newcomers want ...
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