Tesla Wants to Build a Battery for Your House - Bloomberg Business. (Bloomberg) -- Tesla Motors Inc., best known for making the all-electric Model S sedan, is using its lithium-ion battery technology to position itself as a frontrunner in the emerging energy-storage market that supplements and may ultimately threaten the traditional electric grid. “We are going to unveil the Tesla home battery, the consumer battery that would be for use in people’s houses or businesses fairly soon,” Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said during an earnings conference call with analysts Wednesday. Combining solar panels with large, efficient batteries could allow some homeowners to avoid buying electricity from utilities. Morgan Stanley said last year that Tesla’s energy-storage product could be “disruptive” in the U.S. and in Europe as customers seek to avoid utility fees by going “off-grid.”
Musk said the product unveiling would occur within the next month or two. “We have the design done, and it should start going into production in about six months or so,” Musk said. Startup Demonstrates Ultra-efficient Stacked Solar Cells. When experts talk about future solar cells, they usually bring up exotic materials and physical phenomena. In the short term, however, a much simpler approach—stacking different semiconducting materials that collect different frequencies of light—could provide nearly as much of an increase in efficiency as any radical new design. And a new manufacturing technique could soon make this approach practical. The startup Semprius, based in Durham, North Carolina, says it can produce very efficient stacked solar cells quickly and cheaply, opening the door to efficiencies as high as 50 percent. (Conventional solar cells convert less than 25 percent of the energy in sunlight into electricity.)
Semprius has come up with three key innovations: a cheap, fast way to stack cells, a proprietary way to electrically connect cells, and a new kind of glue for holding the cells together. In its designs, Semprius uses tiny individual solar cells, each less than a millimeter across. SolarChoice Heaters | Technology to reduce heating bills - Solar Heating, Passive Solar Heating, Window Treatments, Solar Home Heating, Solar Window Heat. Green Window Treatments Reduce Home Heating Bills.
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The innovative idea behind this is to prevent additional peak loads in the electric grid, and at the same time to be more cost efficient than electric vehicles that are dependent on a cable to be charged. Moreover, it is to fulfill user requests, such as the permanent usability of the vehicle, even over long distances, in a far greater way than existing charging systems. Contrary to this, empty batteries will be simply replaced with charged ones and users are able to continue their journey after just a few minutes. Sustainable as well as cost-effective driving. V3Solar Spin Cell -- Super Cheap Solar! Clean Power Published on January 24th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan Quite frankly, if the company’s numbers are correct, this could be some big solar news.
(CleanTechnica got the inside scoop due to our sincere “passion” for helping the world, and probably also our status as the top cleantech or clean energy site in the world.) The key will be whether or not the technology performs as expected once a production prototype is created, and (even more so) if it eventually gets to mass production. As a quick refresher, we’ve covered V3Solar before, back when the name was Solarphasec.
But a simple intro of the tech isn’t the big story of the day (that’s old news) — the story of the day is the very low cost of the tech the company is reporting, and that’s what could change the world; that’s what could stimulate a more transformative distributed energy revolution than anything we’ve seen to date. In case you aren’t aware, the average cost of electricity in the US is about 12 cents per kWh.