The New Home Energy Storage by Tesla

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  • The new home energy storage by Tesla: Effective and inexpensive energy storage has always been a part of the clean energy and decarbonisation puzzle. And Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, is one step closer to solving this puzzle with his newly introduced home energy storage battery. “The goal is complete transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world. And this is actually within the power of humanity to do. It is not impossible. Electricity storage is the “missing link” in weaning the economy off fossil fuels.” His new product retails at $3,000 (£1,981), which is affordable to homeowners who own solar systems. As the cost of photovoltaic panels keeps dropping making them more and more affordable, an effective way of storing the energy for the time when sun is not shining, needs to follow the same path. The world’s largest private bank UBS told its investors last year that storage was the key to a future in which large carbon-spewing power stations were redundant. As Dr Jonathan Radcliffe, an energy storage expert at Birmingham University, stated: “Solar battery prices have been steadily dropping as well, however Tesla’s Powerwall represents a big new step. It’s a good development to see the costs coming down for this sort of battery and I think the idea of having distributed energy storage could be quite important in some markets and really contribute to deploying small-scale renewables.”
  • Floating solar farm to produce 8,000 tons of vegetables: This solar-powered vertical farm that floats on pontoons was designed and developed by a Barcelona-based company Smart Floating Farms (SFF). The concept is based on growing food on any large water area instead of on land. The designers estimate that SFF can produce about 8,152 tonnes of vegetables and 1,703 tonnes of fish each year. The farm has three levels and utilizes innovative agricultural technologies already applied around the globe. The top level incorporates rainwater collectors for irrigation needs, photovoltaic panels for electricity and skylight openings bringing natural light to plants. The second level houses a greenhouse and hydroponic systems and the ground level is designated for offshore aquaculture. According to the designers, this cage fishing method takes place in the open sea and eliminates the exposure to wind and waves. As the designers explained: “Because it does not require natural precipitation or fertile land in order to be effective, it presents people who are living in arid regions and others with a means to grow food for themselves and for profit.”

    The second level with hydroponics;  Photo courtesy of Forward Thinking Architecture

    Hydroponics on the second level. Photo courtesy of Forward Thinking Architecture

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