Automaker Tesla has used cutting edge battery technology to power its electric cars, and now company founder Elon Musk wants to take that technology off-road.
On Thursday night, Musk unveiled Tesla Energy: a suite of batteries designed to power residential and commercial buildings. The batteries would essentially kick in during power outages or situations where a buiding needs to be disconnected from the grid.
Musk said he envisions the batteries storing power from either renewable energy sources like wind and solar, or from the existing energy grid at times of the day when energy is the cheapest. The billionaire visionary said he sees a future where Tesla Energy batteries in remote locations are charged by an array of solar cells or a wind turbine, eliminating the need to extend power grids to these locales.
“Our goal here is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy,” Musk said, “at the extreme scale.”
“I think what we’ll see is something similar to what happened with cell phones versus land lines,” he added. “Cells phones actually leapfrogged land lines and there wasn’t a need to put land lines in a lot of countries or remote locations.”
Lots of risks
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Penmon is a promontory, village and ecclesiastical parish on the south-east tip of the Isle of Anglesey off the north west coast of Wales in the United Kingdom.
Credit: Kris Williams
Date: April 14th, 2015
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Alan Dyer: "This 3-minute video contains time-lapse footage, and still images, of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, shot from February 12 to 21, 2015 from the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada."
"Churchill's location at 58° North on the shore of Hudson Bay puts it directly under the main auroral oval, the zone of greatest auroral activity. Over the 9 nights, 2 were cloudy, with a roaring blizzard, but on the 8 clear nights we saw aurora every night. I shot time-lapses on 6 of those nights, shooting about 3500 frames, most of which appear in the final cut of this movie."
"Despite the amazing displays we saw, on no night was the auroral activity index (on a scale of 0 to 9) higher than 2 or 3. These were all "normal" quiet nights for auroras in Churchill. Anyone farther south would have seen little in their sky on most of these nights."
"I shot many of the time-lapses with an 8mm spherical fish-eye lens, to create sequences suitable for projection in digital planetarium domes. One other time-lapse sequence (the last in this movie) I shot with a 15mm full-frame fish-eye. Even it is not wide enough to take in the entire display when the Lights fill the sky."
"Exposures were typically 10 to 15 seconds at f/3.5 and ISO 1600 to 4000, all with the Canon 6D. I powered it from its lone internal battery. Amazingly, despite temperatures that were considered extreme even for Churchill (often -32° C at night) the batteries lasted 90 to 150 minutes allowing me to take lots of frames with no battery change or perhaps just one battery change. Churchill is very dry and only on one night did I have an issue with the lens frosting up."
"Music is by Dan Phillipson, his composition "Into the Unknown," purchased for royalty-free use through Triple Scoop Music. I edited the movie in Apple Aperture, with a title sequence created in Photoshop. Processing of the original images was with Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop, and LRTimelapse, with assembly of movie frames done with Sequence for MacOS."
Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's website: www.amazingsky.com
Release Date: March 2015
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