Watch Elon Musk announce Tesla Energy in the best tech keynote I've ever seen
This presentation is really well worth watching.... hard hitting and down to earth. Stating the environmental problems with the challenges around generation of electricity, and a potentially simple solution. Essentially we are geared up to generate huge amounts of power for peak periods (apart from SA's +Eskom Official
) and much of the rest of the time this level of generation is not needed. After dark most solar generation units are not generating power (newer one's that superheat steam are in fact generating power for quite a while after dark).
His solution is quite simple really and it all dovetails together. Use solar and other renewable energy sources to generate power (using existing rooftops so that open land need not be used), use decentralised batteries to store the power, and use these batteries during peak times or after dark. Yes not everyone will have batteries so we will not eliminate power generation required after hours overnight, but it can be much reduced and hydropower and other forms of generation could handle this.
Yes Musk is in the business of solar, batteries, electric cars but he is helping solving energy challenges we face today. All the technology we have at Google, Microsoft, Apple, Dell, HP, etc requires more and more electricity to operate. Elon Musk is doing something now that is viable to keep this all operating in the future. Admittedly Google is a big user of its own green energy and has invested in utility renewable energy generation too, but Tesla Energy is really going the extra mile in making it domestically available and a commercial enterprise.
The real punchline for me was his demonstration that the whole building and the keynote was actually running off stored energy from the sun, and no grid power was being used!
And of course he also stated that they will be open sourcing their patents around the technology... #elonmusk #teslaenergy