Solar and Battery Power In 2018

Tesla Powerwalls Combined With Solar Power Make a Winning Combination

Tesla’s New Powerwall

We all know who Tesla are don’t we, you know, the Electric Car, people and the New Batteries that power them.

Well it seems that Tesla has been making all kinds of wonderfull things happen in the new homes market. They have been working with the Aussies on the energy storage market, but they are now being left behind by a new project that will see them install Solar Arrays and Powerwalls on 50,000 new homes to create the biggest virtual power plant in the world.

The company’s main project until the Powerwall had been the

The Tesla Powerpack Their Brilliant Electricity Storage Solution

Powerpack project a 100 MW/129MWh project in South Australia which completed last year.  It was hailed as the largest in the world until this one.

But now instead of being a large centralized battery system using Tesla’s Powerpacks, the new project will be using Tesla’s Residential battery system, named The Powerwall, to create decentralized energy storage, which basically results in creating a massive virtual power plant.

The 50,000 homes in the state will be fitted with 5 kW solar arrays and 13.5 kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 battery systems. This is thought to be the biggest development of it kind to date.

It will result in at least 650 MWh of additional energy storage capacity distributed in the state. The families in South Australia are almost in dire straights with the sky high electricity prices being the highest they have ever been and families struggling to keep up. Plus the Electricity companies are still struggling to meet the current demand.

This is quite a chunk of additional electricity and putting some great scientific know how to some really good use combining Tesla’s expertise together with Solar Panels.

The idea is that it will function much like Tesla’s giant Powerpack system, which charges when demand and electricity rates are low and discharges when demand and prices are highest.

The new project is funded mainly through the Renewable Technology Fund plus a Thirty Million Dollar Loan and a Two Million Dollar Grant from the Aussie Government plus there will eventually be the power sales as they come online .

They have already started installations for a trial using over a thousand Housing Trust properties, which is esigned for the lower-income households.

Assuming things go as planned Tesla will gear up the deployment over the next few years with the aim of finishing the complete project by 2022.

Last year,  Tesla installed a 100MW/ 129MWh Powerpack project in South Australia during an interview Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave an interview during which he was informed of the pressures that Autralian families were under due to high electricity prices. He vowed to work closely with the Government and all concerned to find a solution that would work for everyone.

The only potential glitch on the horizon could be with Tesla being comitted to working on these huge orders, how would other customer’s of Tesla’s Powerpack System fayre in successfully completing on therem own purchases.

Tesla is now fully contracted to send over 50,000 units to Australia over the next 4 years, possibly making it more difficult to obtaining them and that’s not counting new customer orders. Tesla will have to seriously ramp up production to meet these demands.

Kinetic Energy

Kinetic Energy is the Energy developed by its own movement and although any moving object whether vertical or horizontal, will contain this energy there are a number of differing types.

Vibrational – The Energy produced by the vibrating of an object.

Rotational – The energy produced by a rotating object.

Transational – The energy resulting in the movement of an object from one place to the next.

There are even more examples including Thermal, Sound, Electrical and Radiant.

In most instances however when we are talking about Kinetic Energy we are usually meaning the energy produced by the movement of an object from one location to another (Transational Energy). In this example we are using two variables t mass of the object and the speed of it.

The equation of Kinetic Energy (KE)

KE = 0.5 • m • v2

m = mass of object & v = speed of object

I came across another great post about how we can harness the power from various examples of each of the above examples which you can see using this link from It gives some really good ‘real world examples’ of how these energies can work.

When taking renewable energies into account it is also interesting to see how Kinetic Energy is currently being used constantly because we always see motion all around us, so in order to harness this energy for our advantage we just need to consider how to do so in a clean and safe environment.

When any item accelerates or decelerates, the energy from its motion can be used or even stored up for future use. The automotive industry have being doing just  that for a number of years, the excess energy given by slowing down or stopping is stored in additional banks of batteries, these hybrid cars as they are termed used both the engine and the batteries to power the vehicles.

Another example is radiant energy, which is simply energy that travels in waves. It’s the energy given off by electromagnetic radiation and is a form of kinetic energy, since the particles are moving as they carry light, heat, and radiation from one source to another. It can be released as normal light and it is the result of a change in the arrangement of electrons.

Electromagnetic radiation is really just a stream of photons moving around which creates heat or light can be seen as photons in the form of radiant energy.

There are plenty more examples of Kinetic Energy being used by home and industry, you just need to look around you.

The Hydrogen Fuel Cell

The Hydrogen Fuel Cell

With global warming once again in the news, general pollution on the rise and some of the most severe and dramatic storms this past year, it is no

The Hydrogen Fuel Cell

wonder that our future energy requirements are once again a hot topic. So what of Fuel cells and may they represent a solution? or not, and if so, will it be coming sooner rather than later?

The Hydrogen Fuel Cell

So What Is A Fuel Cell? By all accounts it is a general phrase which is used by many in the Renewable Energy Circles. But regardless of the design, a fuel cell is essentially a cell possibly like a battery (maybe a bit larger) in which a chemical process occurs to produce electricity. In this example, the fuel is hydrogen. The basic idea is to combine hydrogen with oxygen in a process that produces electricity. This electricity is then used as we would normally use it in our homes or for much larger cells, the car or possibly in the workplace.

But if you read the papers or watch the television, you could be forgiven for thinking that the concept of hydrogen fuels is a new one, but I can assure you, that it isn’t. The first one was created in 1839. The problem, of course, was that it was inefficient, the call was too heavy and the hydrogen too expensive, plus there wasn’t much interest at that time since fossil fuels like coal and gas were being used in bulk and the need at that time just wasn’t there.
It wasn’t until the 1960s that much interest was shown in the energy platform.

The Hydrogen Fuel Cell In Detail

We we’re just starting to hear the first little reports of our energy usage was starting to show signs that it would soon begin to exceed its production. But at that time including the 1970’s through to the 1990’s we continued using more and more energy as every household had at least one television, a washing machine, a drier and more and more until our houses were full of energy hungry devices and of course a car or two in the family. But still we were not really bothering about the odd reports filtering through about climate change or our energy resources starting to run short. We were gadget hungry and we all bought into the consumer fury and desire to have each new gadget that was introduced throughout this period and beyond.
NASA was leading the field when it came down to new energy technologies and it was they who decided to use fuel cells to power the Gemini and Apollo spacecrafts. Unfortunately, the trick has been translating this limited use to wide spread applications in daily our everyday world.

A common misconception is that a fuel cell represents renewable energy. But that is very clearly not the case. It does not, it is a device only and not an energy platform. It is like saying a hydroelectric dam is a renewable energy. The dam is a creation or a tool which has been made to harness a particular renewable energy resource, but definitely not an energy source in itself. The fuel cell can be viewed in the same way. It is a tool made for harnessing energy from hydrogen. The method itself can be clean or dirty depending on whether water or coal is used as the base material. Obviously, coal is not much help.

Theoretically fuel cells can run on any material which contains Hydrogen but the primary goal would preferably water and other sources of renewable type fuels, but as water is generally free, clean and readily available to most areas. Especially when you see the clean by product which results from Hydrogen being used in the process as there is no other pollution to be had that could add to the “green house gas effect”

There are a few hurdles that must be overcome before hydrogen fuel cells become a really viable energy source. First, the fuel cells are far too large and heavy to be used for practical purposes. This is the main reason why the hydrogen car is not currently shown to be a viable option because of the overall weight is too much, having said that the engineers from Germany are still evaluating their own hydrogen fuelled cars.
The second problem is one of cost, the overall cost of trying to run a car on a Hydrogen fuel cell is far too high. Currently, fuel cells are producing energy at a minimum cost of about ten times that of fossil fuels, making it far too expensive at this time.

While this is the present situation we know from our history that situation like these often result in last minute breakthroughs, often from some back yard engineers tinkering away in his garage. He may simply think of a simple solution one day and come up with a real viable solution.
If a Hydrogen bomb can be built, then surely we can build a hydrogen fuel cell at a reasonable cost at a reasonable weight.

Just check out these videos;


Alternative Power Sources

Alternate Power-tips-articles-resources-links

Letter: Continue to dam rivers or invest in alternative power sources – Kelowna Capital News

Letter: Continue to dam rivers or invest in alternative power sourcesKelowna Capital NewsWhat is the long term BC Hydro rate forecast so we can make some informed decisions about our conservation and energy sources. This was not provided in the BC Hydro’s business case when the project was $8 billion and not announced to you when the …

[monetize id=”1″]
[monetize id=”2″]

Different Sources of Energy, Using Energy Responsibly …

Alternative Energy | Inexhaustible Resources - Part 7

Alternative Energy Solutions

ARCADIS US - Renewable Energy Solutions

Net Metering vs. Self-Generation for Solar PV – Energy Collective

Energy CollectiveNet Metering vs. Self-Generation for Solar PVEnergy CollectiveRecently, NAATBatt member Tucson Electric Power (TEP) announced a change in its net metering program, whereby TEP will compensate new solar PV customers for net metered electricity at the same rate that TEP pays for power from large solar arrays …and more »

[monetize id=”1″]
[monetize id=”2″]

Plant It Green|Green Power| Renewable Energy Source

Alternative Energy Solutions | by Legrand…

Power Alternatives

May – 2012 – DIY Green Energy Projects - Page 2

IDFC Alternatives to buy 23.5% stake in ONGC's gas power project in Tripura … – VC Circle

Moneycontrol.comIDFC Alternatives to buy 23.5% stake in ONGC's gas power project in Tripura …VC CirclePrivate equity firm IDFC Alternatives has inked a deal to buy 23.5 per cent equity stake in ONGC Tripura Development Company Ltd (OTPC) for around Rs 426 crore ($68 million), as per a press statement. OTPC has been promoted by ONGC, IL&FS Energy …ONGC sells 23.5% in OTPC to IDFC Alternatives for Rs 1k crMoneycontrol.comIndia Infrastructure Fund to pick 23.5% in ONGC Tripura Power CompanyBusiness StandardIndia Infrastructure Fund II acquires 23.5% stake in ONGC Tripura Power CompanyNetIndianall 28 news articles »

[monetize id=”1″]
[monetize id=”2″]

Alternative Energy Zero Point Energy Nikola Tesla …

Future Electric Grid: Control and Economics…

Home Energy Systems

Netherlands tests automated-energy homes - CNET

Newburgh spells out solar-energy system rules – Times Herald-Record

Times Herald-RecordNewburgh spells out solar-energy system rulesTimes Herald-RecordRon Bittner stands beside the solar-energy system installed at his Town of Newburgh home. The town board approved new rules on solar-energy systems on March 23 in response to a growing interest on the part of homeowners to save money and reduce …

[monetize id=”1″]
[monetize id=”2″]

Ballard Power Systems – Putting Fuel Cells To Work (Japanese)

Home Energy System | Solar Modules | Renewable Home Energy ...…

Home Power Sources

Fuel Cells Are the Cutting Edge in Green Home Power - Living Green ...

This Texas City Will Soon Be Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy – Mother Jones

Mother JonesThis Texas City Will Soon Be Powered Entirely by Renewable EnergyMother JonesIn Houston, for example, there are more than 70 plans that offer energy from entirely renewable sources. "I was called an Al Gore clone, … Taking the renewable elements up to 100 percent, SunEdison will build plants in west Texas that will provide …and more »

[monetize id=”1″]
[monetize id=”2″]

Solar Energy | A Renewable Energy

Nissan LEAF key in vehicle-to-home grid research | TechnologyTell…

Alternative Home Power Systems

Alternative Power Systems - Home

Film Review: 'Dark Places' – Variety

VarietyFilm Review: 'Dark Places'VarietyFirst out of the gate is France, the home turf of helmer Gilles Paquet-Brenner, who directed Kristin Scott Thomas in “Sarah's Key,” and who boarded the new project amid the excitement of another femme-driven split-time-periods puzzler. Genre …and more »

[monetize id=”1″]
[monetize id=”2″]

TP pt. 2, Home made bidet system.…