TESLA BATTERY: ECONOMICS GAME CHANGER OR NOT?

Posted in solar power

Tesla has with much fanfare (and a bushel of hype) announced a battery for storing solar power and claimed that it will revolutionize power distribution. Nowhere does it mention that the process has been around for decades. So why all the fuss?

  1. Elon Musk announced it. He is a tech hsuperstar (the Tesla electric car, SolarCity the solar power co and Spacex, the private space exploration co). He has a cut-like following akin to that of Steve Jobs. When he tals, millions of people fall over their chairs and listen
  2. There has never been a media blitz for the subject before, giving the impression that it is a brilliant, disruptive innovation.

In truth it is not as disruptive as the media spin implies.

There is a detailed study on its economics at http://bit.ly/1K21Czz, reproduced below. Do read the analysis before making a decision to purchase the Powerwall!

More solar power to you!

 

Infographic of Home Solar Costs and Savings

Posted in CAD

Everyone’s talking about how they installed solar panels on their roof and how they are saving a bundle. Sounds good, but isn’t it always better to know what the actual numbers are? That said, isn’t it easier to see the numbers as pictures. Sure it is! Which is why we have selected this infographic for you:

solar-costs-and-savings

Enjoy and learn at the same time!

lucky2

If you are a solar power contractor or developer, save 40% or more on your system design and engineering costs by getting us to do it. Some of the largest companies already do, and we’ve designed more than 4,000 installations. And counting.

Learn more about our solar power design capabilities and get your free trial.

Technorati Tags: solar power,solar engineering,tmg,the magnum group,lucky balaraman,solar power design

Graph of Falling Solar PV Panel Prices

Posted in Solar

Sure, we’ve all heard about how prices of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are falling, but how about getting a little quantitative about the statement?

Here we go:

price-history-silicon1

Heck, by the end of 2015 the cost per watt is going to be so small that it will not be visible… unless we increase the scale of the graph, in which case it could take half the page you are looking at.

The Chinese are world leaders in solar panel manufacture. They foresaw the huge demand for solar energy while the West only thought of it as fanciful science fiction. Indications of their progress are described by Intel co-founder Andy Grove in his famous Bloomberg article about how to create more US jobs,

A Silicon Valley company sells equipment used to manufacture photo-active films. They ship close to 10 times more machines to China than to manufacturers in the U.S., and this gap is growing

The Chinese will likely keep beating the crap out of prices until manufacturers in other parts of the world have simply to shut shop and think of other businesses, similar to what the Middle East is doing to shale oil producers in the US.

The bright side is lower solar power installation costs, cheaper solar power and less pollution.

If you are a solar power contractor or developer, save 40% or more on your system design and engineering costs by getting us to do it. Some of the largest companies already do, and we’ve designed more than 4,000 installations. And counting.

Learn more about our solar power design capabilities and get your free trial.

The cheaper the panels get, the healthier for us all!

lucky2

Technorati Tags: solar power,solar engineering,tmg,the magnum group,lucky balaraman,solar power design

Solar Power Can Dominate with Fossil Fuel’s $548 Billion Subsidy

Posted in Solar

fossil-fuel-vs-solar

Fossil fuel industries are subsidized yearly to the tune of $548 billion (2013 figure). If that were given to the solar and other clean energy industries, the world could enjoy a carbon-free future very easily. This is not idle conjecture… it’s the result of a study by MIT.

So why isn’t it happening? (3 guesses… )

Fossil fuel industries are ensconced in the living room of energy generation like colossi. Governments support them and they support governments. Several national economies are dependent on fossil fuel exports to stay healthy. Political careers can be destroyed by meddling with existing fossil fuel policies. Numbered Swiss bank accounts can turn dormant.

Fossil fuel reserves are limited (although most people are in denial about the fact) and at one time will become very scarce and expensive. Economic imperatives will force the world to look for cheaper sources of energy, and solar power will be the obvious choice. But you, I and our grandchildren will not be around to see that happen.

If you are a solar power contractor or developer, save 40% or more on your system design and engineering costs by getting us to do it. Some of the largest companies already do, and we’ve designed more than 4,000 installations. And counting.

Learn more about our solar power design capabilities and get your free trial.

May the sun make us all stronger!

lucky2

Utility Power Beamed from Space: New Experiment Succeeds

Posted in solar power

Background

For several years engineers and scientists have been developing the means to beam utility electric power from space to earth. The method is to have massive arrays of solar panels floating in space 36,000 miles above the earth, converting the sun’s rays into power and beaming it to earth as microwaves. The receiving station on earth converts the microwaves back to power and supplies it to nearby areas. This diagram sums it up:

island-power-receiver

 

Scientists say that by the year 2030 these orbiting power plants will be a reality. Utilities would have mothballed fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants and built “spacepower” orbiting plants as well as receiving stations.

Today

So where are we on the development map in 2015, one may ask. A few days ago, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) announced  that it had transmitted 10 kilowatts of power through the air to a receiver 500 meters away using microwaves. This is more than any wireless power transmission done earlier and is definitely progress. It’s the state of the art.

Tomorrow

Power beamed from space will make the following exciting scenarios possible:

  • No polluting power plants and maybe less global warming consequently
  • Homes not accessible by road (and therefore by an existing grid) using spacepower with ease, just like homes not accessible by cable TV use satellite dishes
  • Electric vehicles and mobile phones charging directly from space

Here and Now

If you are a solar power contractor and want your system design and engineering expertly done at unbelievably low rates, ask us for a free trial here.

Thanks for reading this… come back again for more latest insights!

lucky2

 

 

More Reading

An overview of space-based solar power (from the private company Japan Space Systems)
Press release from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries about the experiment described above
A detailed technical discussion on spacepower development as seen on Gizmag.com.

Contact Us

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Message

Enter the following characters into the box below them and click 'Send':

captcha