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7 December

No Contest: Tesla-Solar City Solar Roof Is The Roof of the Future!

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Tesla Solar Roof (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof single held up by CEO Elon Musk (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof single held up by CEO Elon Musk (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof single held up by CEO Elon Musk (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof single held up by CEO Elon Musk (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

Tesla Solar Roof (credit: Tesla/Solar City)

 

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Just weeks after our previous reporting of Tesla/Solar City’s Solar roof, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that their Tesla/Solar City solar roof will be cheaper than the conventional/traditional roofing material. Previously Elon Musk said their solar roof would be cheaper, when taking into consideration of the fact that power would be generated from these solar roofs. But now he believes that the cost of manufacturing and installing their solar roofs will be less than the traditional roofs even before taking into consideration of its power generation. Solar City is the largest solar manufacturer and installer in USA. In November of this year, the share holders approved the merger of Tesla and Solar City. Tesla’s solar roofs are expected to hit the market in Summer of 2017.

It’s a no brainer: Tesla/Solar City solar roofs will cost lower, are stronger and last longer, better insulated, and generate power! So when it’s time for you to replace your existing roof or building your roof for the first time, think about Tesla-Solar City Solar Roof!!!

Talk about revolution! Elon Musk continues to lead the charge of this revolution for our Renewable Future!


 

 

 

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29 October

The Future We Want: Solar Roof+EV+Battery

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Elon's Mission in Accelerating World's Transition to Sustainable Energy Via 3 Most Important Paths

Elon’s Mission in Accelerating World’s Transition to Sustainable Energy Via 3 Most Important Paths

Elon's Integrated Future

Elon’s Integrated Future

New Solar Roof with greater longevity than conventional roof technology

New Solar Roof with greater longevity than conventional roof technology

Tesla's New Solar Roof with greater longevity than conventional roof technology

Tesla’s New Solar Roof with greater longevity than conventional roof technology

Tesla's Powerwall 2

Tesla’s Powerwall 2

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Instead of the conventional 25-year roof, how would you like to install solar roofs that would effectively cost less, better insulation, last almost 75 years for your house, with more appealing styles to choose from, no less?! Yesterday, the unveiling of  Tesla’s new Solar Roof took place at the Desperate Housewives set in LA, CA. The original roof had been replaced by solar roof tops (photos above)! Can you really tell that these are solar roof tops if I didn’t mention it in advance?

Tesla's New Solar Roof with greater longevity than conventional roof technology

Tesla’s New Solar Roof with greater longevity than conventional roof technology

Tesla's New Solar Roof with greater longevity than conventional roof technology

Tesla’s New Solar Roof with greater longevity than conventional roof technology

Our WonderWorker Elon Musk continues to amaze us! When I first heard  the news about Tesla may be acquiring Solar City, I suspected that Elon is cooking something in that genius kitchen of his…..behold! We are all totally ecstatic yesterday, upon receiving the news about Tesla’s new Solar Roof and his presentation about the three critical components in accelerating our transition toward the sustainable future: Generation-Storage-Transport—–>Solar Roof-Battery-EV —-> Solar Roof-Tesla’s Powerwall 2-Tesla’s EV. I did not write Tesla’s Solar Roof-Tesla’s Powerwall 2-Tesla’s EV because the vote regarding the acquisition is on November 17, not yet a fait accompli. Personally, I believe it would be a wise step for Solar City to take, to become part of Elon Musk’s  Solution To The Energy Equation. There will be a lot of individuals, families, groups, businesses that will want to take part in solving the global warming problem and in reducing CO2 emission. Furthermore, for those who want to drive an EV, one expects that they are also more likely to also want to install solar roof tops and vise versa.

Elon also pointed out that the future is bright for both utilities and local power generation (solar roof tops) because as we transition our energy use into all electric, that will roughly triple the electricity that will be needed.

In Elon’s presentation of a beautiful, affordable, and seamlessly integrated future: EV(electric vehicle)+Powerwall+Solar Roof awaits us, shown below:

For all the solar installers out there, it might be a good idea to devote part of your business to subcontract for Tesla/Solar City, because this integrated solar roof will probably be proprietary in the next few years.

We Look Forward To Our Renewable/Solar Future!

As one of the audience at the unveiling shouted out, “Elon, Save Us!”

Elon, now help us to get the solar self-driving car !

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31 July

Elon Musk Opens The Tesla Gigafactory!

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Time to pop the cork from the champaign bottle! I can’t wait to share this video with you! Elon has done it again!


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1 April

Elon, The World Is Ready For Tesla Model 3!!!

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Tesla Model 3 (credit: Tesla)

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This is SO EXCITING!  I can’t wait to share the unveiling of Tesla 3 that many of us have been waiting for….Model 3 has achieved 215 miles of range (at minimum) per charge, with automatic safety features, starting at only $35,000 before incentive. Buyers of plug-in hybrids and electric cars benefit from a tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500, depending on the size of the battery in the car. On the low end of the spectrum, cars with 4 kWh battery packs will qualify for a $2,500 tax credit. The credit maxes out at $7,500 for cars with a 16 kWh battery pack, like the Chevy Volt. The credits were provided as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the “stimulus bill.” (The incentive begins phasing out after an automaker sells 200,000 vehicles that are eligible for the credit.)

This is all part of Elon Musk’s effort in helping to speed up our transition toward the renewable future by accelerating world’s transition into sustainable transport. Let us give Elon Musk a round of applause for, unveiling of Tesla Model 3 (March 31, 2016 event), and for his contribution in slowing the CO2 emission into earth’s atmosphere….below:

Tesla Model 3 is essentially the fourth generation vehicle subsequent to Roadster, Model X, and Model S. Now Model 3 is designed to attain the highest safety ratings in every category. All Model 3’s will have supercharging capability (translating to freedom to travel) and be able to contain a 7-ft surfboard inside. There are currently about 3608 superchargers globally, about 3689 destinations superchargers. By the end of next year, number of superchargers will double ( to 7,200) and quadruple destination superchargers (to 15,000). The gigafactory will be busy, with high volume and the most advanced technology, and will be the world’s largest lithium ion cell producer…  50 gigawatt-hour per year of production!  It is the first Tesla electric vehicle that will be able to be massively afforded by general public and will definitely be able to dramatically help to reduce CO2 emission into our planet earth’s atmosphere. And thanks, Elon, for adding the autopilot feature into Model 3. Within the first 24 hours of its unveiling, there were 115,000 orders for Tesla Model 3. The world is definitely ready for Tesla Model 3!!! For those of you who want to order Tesla Model 3 online, please visit Tesla.com . Delivery will not begin until 2017 the earliest. Way to go, Elon!

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31 January

Elon Musk’s Focus On The Future

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Perhaps I am biased. But in my limited perception, I tend to think solar enthusiasts are also more likely to be futurists. This is a post, with two videos (one edited version of another), for all of you solar futurists out there!

I think you  already know and I  cannot say/add enough good things about Elon Musk or Tesla. This past Tuesday, Elon Musk was interviewed by New China TV in Hong Kong, where he commented that Chinese Minister of Finance mentioned Tesla favorably in a recent speech, with regard to Tesla’s effort in making its patents open sourced so that any company in China or elsewhere can utilize these patents to create electric vehicles. He further commented that Solar Energy can easily power the whole of China, the most populated country on earth (2015 population data:  China has 1,361,512,535  India has 1,251,695,584  United States has 321,368,864, etc.). Below, you will find this comment (top video) edited from the complete interview (bottom video):

This will be a terrific move for the planet earth! For if all of China and India will be converting their vehicles to electric vehicles sooner as a result of Tesla’s patents being shared, the industry charger (Tesla’s Supercharger Event) will be standardized much more quickly and the CO2 emission of the planet will be reduced at a much faster rate, slowing the rate of climate change. In this process, both China and India will have much cleaner environment. This will also translate into much cleaner planet earth.

For the complete interview where Elon Musk speaks about Tesla, sustainable energy, and Mars at the Venture Forum in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is the city where the most Tesla per capita (with the highest percentage of vehicles that is Tesla or electric vehicles any where in the world) and can function as the model for other high density cities to transform into sustainable transport future. Elon Musk further embellishes on the importance of focusing on creating products that would be loved by the customers. There are also discussions of: the future possibility in solving Beijing traffic issue via tunnel or flying cars; currently available supercharging station networks in China (such that people have driven from Beijing to Tibet in Tesla); upcoming affordable Tesla3 to be mainstream;whether rote educational format would be good for producing innovators;all new cars on the road will be autonomous within fifteen years; submmersible Tesla;pertonic ideal of a perfect car;how to supply Hong Kong with sufficient solar power;bringing human kind to Mars and enabling earthlings to become interplanetary beings and to be inspired and transcend beyond what is the current limit; anticipation of first flights to Mars by 2025; necessary high tolerance for pain if some one wants to try to build startup;brain computer interface at the neuron level (concept of brain internet). Ultimately, focusing on producing a product that is loved by consumers would help to insure the success of a startup. It’s an excellent interview that you don’t want to miss, below, enjoy:

For those of you who are entrepreneurs out there, the take-away is that: focusing on producing a product that is loved by consumers would help to insure the success of a startup.

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24 July

Sonnenbatterie, Energy Storage Company With the Fully Integrated System & Great Potential

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Those of us who have been following the solar industry for quite a few years/decades realize that reliable Energy Storage holds the key to Solar Energy Future. Therefore, it is not surprising that Intersolar North America 2015 placed a great deal of emphasis on the topic of Energy Storage-Battery Technology. The simple fact that the sun does not shine 24/7/365 necessitates reliable energy storage before solar energy can truly become mainstream. Important factors when choosing the energy storage system are: reliability, capacity, durability, and safety. With Tesla’s Powerwall and Powerpack being in the news much lately, I was curious about the energy storage systems being introduced by Sonnenbatterie,

Sonnenbatterie installation (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

Sonnenbatterie installation (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

a German company that has been a leader for energy storage in Europe for many years.

Sonnenbatterie Manufacturing storage system (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

Sonnenbatterie Manufacturing storage system (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

For the first time, Sonnenbatterie is entering the North American market and is the winner of  Bloomberg Pioneers Award 2015. I had the opportunity to chat with US management/CEO of Sonnenbatterie, Boris Von Bormann, about features that distinguish Sonnenbatterie’s units from Tesla’s Powerwall or Powerpack: Sonnenbatterie has a fully integrated (battery+inverter) system and can be taken apart whereas Tesla’s Powerwall or Powerpack contains only the battery system. In the age of collaboration, it would be great if Sonnenbatterie would also develop an inverter system that will work with Tesla’s battery technology. Sonnenbatterie’s system can also be integrated with the utility so to be more efficiently managed. The intelligent storage solution has a built-in smart meter

Sonnenbatterie touch display (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

Sonnenbatterie touch display (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

that enables the management of local energy production and consumption. By using a mobile app the houseowner decides whether to feed-in or directly consume the homemade electricity. Without further ado, let’s hear what Boris Von Bormann has in store for us, below:

I’d also like to share with you, another video, with Sonnenbatterie’s Christoph Ostermann, at Ecosummit 2013, below.  Sonnenbatterie is a true pioneer for Sonnenbatterie started selling their system prior to the existence of either supply or demand for the market/system. Within two years of its inception, Sonnenbatterie was able to sell 1500 systems. The growth continued, with about 8,000 systems sold in Germany by Spring of 2015 and production running at about 100-150 systems per week. At ECO13, Sonnenbatterie won the Ecosummit Award Jury Bronze medal in recognition of their outstanding business potential.

With the anticipated upcoming Solar Tsunami, it will be well worth the effort for investors and consumers in the solar energy market to keep an eye on Sonnenbatterie, for it has a fully integrated system and it can fill consumers’ order this year.

Recently, Sonnenbatterie has partnered with Outback Power to integrate their smart energy storage solutions with a trusted inverter for residential solar customers across North America. Historically, Outback Power has been a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, backup power, and mobile applications. “OutBack Power’s Radian inverter/charger was a natural choice to integrate into Sonnenbatterie’s eco residential smart storage system,” said Boris von Bormann, CEO of Sonnenbatterie USA. “Working with OutBack, we are confident we can provide American home owners with the peace of mind our European customers have come to expect from Sonnenbatterie — that their home energy storage system will operate reliably in any environment and applications.” For a look of Outback Power’s Radian Series, in the video below:


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17 June

Gogoro’s Smartscooters Are Ready To Bring Forth A Cleaner Taiwan-Asia-Planet Earth!

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Above is a video filmed in the city of TaipeiTaiwan, one can easily see that it is a place with the highest scooter density in the world. The city of Taipei is in a basin that traps all the air pollution produced by high levels of petrol motorcycle emissions. In recent years, whenever I visit the beautiful island of Taiwan, I often wonder when most of their scooters will  transition into electric transportation mode, for this would help to dramatically reduce the amount of air pollution in the city and on the island. Of about 15 million scooters on the island (of approximately 23 million inhabitants), only 122,500 scooters are electric.

During my trip to Taipei, Taiwan, this year, a Taiwan-based startup, Gogoro, unveiled its Smartscooter at the Consumer Electronics Show.  Smartscooter is a slick, battery powered motor scooter that can be monitored via a smartphone app. Gogoro is the brainchild of former HTC employees who made a major contribution to that company’s success in the smartphone market. Gogoro CEO Horace Luke was originally HTC’s chief innovation officer and Gogoro chief technology officer Matt Taylor was originally HTC’s chief technologist.

Gogoro's Smartscooter and its charging station

Gogoro’s Smartscooter and its charging station

For those of you who would prefer to hear more about Gogoro Smartscooter in Mandarin Chinese, please check out the video below:
The Gogoro Smartscooter is an electric scooter designed for urban transportation. It’s powered by an electric motor developed by Gogoro, which is marketed as the G1 Aluminum Liquid Cooled Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor. Instead of plugging into an outlet to recharge, the Smartscooter runs on swappable Panasonic lithium ion 18650 batteries.

The company states the following figures for the Smartscooter based on internal testing:

  • Top speed of 95 km/h  (about 60 mph)
  • Acceleration of 0 to 50 km/h in 4.2 seconds
  • Maximum torque of 25 Nm @ 0-2,250 rpm
  • Maximum horsepower of 8.3 hp @ 4,000 rpm
  • Range of >100 km when traveling at speeds of 40 km/h.

The Smartscooter’s sensors collect information such as speed, battery level, consumption rate, system failures, and scooter falls. This information is presented to riders via Gogoro mobile apps.
An attractive feature in Gogoro’s efforts is its Gogoro Energy Network of stations such that subscription paying customers will be able to swap batteries in seconds. According to Horace Luke, the Smartscooter and the Energy Network will interact: the batteries include several sensors and a near field communication chip that can talk to the battery-swapping stations. A station would recognize the bike and associated account when a rider pulls up; it would then open up a spot for the spent battery and unlock a fresh battery. The rider would lift up the seat to swap the battery (weighing about 20 pounds). It takes about 6 seconds to swap a battery.

The Gogoro Energy Network is a modular battery swapping infrastructure designed to be deployed across an urban region. Riders would be able to swap out depleted batteries at a network of kiosks called GoStations for a monthly subscription fee. The Smartscooter is the first vehicle to be integrated into the Gogoro Energy Network.

One important point the Gogoro engineers forgot to mention: an electric engine will definitely have a much longer life expectancy (probably 2x or 3x as long) than an internal combustion engined vehicle due to far fewer moving parts. This will ultimately enable the Gogoro Smartscooters to have a much longer useful life.

With the right kind of deployment, incentives and policy, Gogoro will potentially be the most innovative vehicle since Tesla…and certainly will have tremendous impact on enhancing cleaner environment. Perhaps there could be a collaboration between Gogoro and Tesla to upgrade these charging stations into solar charging stations, then the island of Taiwan will be even more assured of its position as a beautiful and clean island, ready to receive millions of its tourists each year (be sure to stay for 2 videos for a good look of Taiwan…Enjoy :).

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8 May

The Solar Tsunami WIll Take Powerwall & Powerpack Into An Industry Greater Than $21 Billion !

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Tesla Powerwall Specs final

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Many of you may be curious about the first week post-announcement of Powerwall from our May 1, 2015 post. The reception for Tesla’s new batteries has been OVERWHELMING!!! These are how Bloomberg Business breaks down the $800 million of orders:

  • The Powerwall home batteries designed to be paired with rooftop solar systems received 38,000 reservations.
  • Some customers order more than one battery. Average reservation is somewhere from 1.5 to 2 batteries. Musk described the total demand as “more like 50,000 or 60,000” batteries in early reservations.
  • The Powerwall comes in two designs at $3,000 or $3,500 each.
  • Total Powerwall orders so far is $178.8 million.
  • Tesla has received 2,500 reservations for the utility-scaled Powerpack, usually ordered/installed with “at least 10 Powerpacks”…equivalent to  25,000 units totally at 2.5 million kWh.
  • Musk tweeted last week that pricing for the Powerpack is $250 kWh.
  • Total Powerpack orders thus far is: $625 million.


So, Tesla’s grand total for battery reservations during the first week is $803.8 million! They sold out their first year’s production during the first week! It is no wonder they are already considering expanding the gigafactory after just one week!

 


Tesla is currently also working on projects with Target and Amazon and with electric utilities that include Southern California Electric and Texas-based OnCor. It is not only the individual home owners with distributed solar but utilities are also interested in building battery storage. Batteries can replace some peaker plants while strengthening the grid. With the cost of battery now falling as fast as the solar panels, some electricity from your outlet may soon be coming from battery storage. Powerwall & Powerpack, the cost effective battery storage, have now taken care of one of the arguments against solar, its intermittency. We are seeing the effect of first touch down of previously announced Solar Tsunami ! The world will be a cleaner, healthier, and better place, thanks to Elon Musk’s batteries and Solar Tsunami ! Perhaps Elon Musk’s American dream: a chicken in every pot, a Tesla in every garage powered by solar panels in the roof through Powerwall battery, will soon become a reality. Some people in the energy industry forecasted that although  currently $605 million industry, by 2024 it can very well become a $21 billion industry. Of course, many other experts in the field feel that number would be much bigger than $21 billion.

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1 May

The Necessary Missing Piece Unveiled, Tesla Powerwall & Powerpack, by Elon Musk

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When Elon Musk speaks, we listen!

Elon Musk (Flickr: Elon Musk-The Summit 2013, CC Attrib-Heisenberg Media)

Elon Musk (Flickr: Elon Musk-The Summit 2013, CC Attrib-Heisenberg Media)

The electric enthusiasm is palpable in the auditorium! One can feel the energy is ready to boil over….for this is what we (The World) have all been waiting for, the cost effective battery storage technology that would enable us to truly see the transformation of our world!  Let this very historical date be remembered, Tesla Motors, rather, Elon Musk, announces the arrival of Tesla Powerwall, on April 30, 2015 in LA.

Tesla Powerwall (credit: Tesla Motors)

Tesla Powerwall (credit: Tesla Motors)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been following the progress made by Tesla Motors for quite some times for it is critically connected to the future of our Solar Energy. The intermittency  of solar energy depends on the rate of progress or research being made in battery technology in the electric vehicle/auto industry. As Elon refers to the Sun as “this handy fusion reactor in the sky…producing ridiculous amount of power,” he also points out the amount of surface area needed for solar panels to power the entire U.S.A. is rather small (and mostly in solar rooftops). Furthermore, the size of the battery required to transition all of U.S.A. to Solar With Battery would only be 1 pixel…to no longer needing fossil fuel to generate electricity! But there are shortcomings in existing battery technology:

  • expensive
  • unreliable
  • poor integration
  • poor lifetime
  • low efficiency
  • not scalable
  • unattractive

To overcome these shortcomings, Elon unveils for us, on this very memorable day of April 30, 2015, The Tesla Powerwall !  Imagine our future world where batteries would be space-efficient wall-mounted, with a simple and elegant design (choices of colors), with integrated safety systems, thermal control, and dc-dc converter. It would work well with our solar systems. It would enable us to be free from worries about power outage and even potentially go off grid. At the cost of $3,500 (for the 10kWh version and $3,000 for the 7 kWh version)  it is the best affordable safe solution to our energy concern. It is also possible to stack up to 9 Powerwalls together, enabling 90 kWh.  This is a fantastic solution especially for area with intermittent energy source or remote area: residents from these areas would now be able to meet their energy needs through “Solar Panels with Tesla Powerwall” without the need of electricity lines. This will propell the progress of many remote areas.

Tesla Powerwall Specs final

You can order the Tesla Powerwall now by going to teslaenergy.com  . They will start shipping in about 3-4 months. More will be ramping up next year as the transition will be made into Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada.

Tesla Gigafactory (CC Attrib-Steve Jurvetson)

Tesla Gigafactory (CC Attrib-Steve Jurvetson) in Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada

Toward the end of the presentation, Elon also brought forth the larger, scalable Powerpack, designed to scale infinitely. An order by a utility for 250 MWh installation (using Powerpack) has already been placed.  For dramatic effect, of course, we’ve been presented with the demonstration in an auditorium that is completely powered by the Sun, with storage by the Tesla Powerwall.

To demonstrate the feasibility of transitioning our world into renewable energy world—100% Solar (primarily)/Wind Energy, Elon has also shown us the data for such transitions:

  • 16,000 GWh from 160 million powerpacks (for U.S.A.)
  • 90,000 GWh from 900 million powerpacks (for the world)..primarily solar
  • 200,000 GWh from 2 billion powerpacks (for all transport, electric generation, and heating included)

THANK YOU, ELON! I’ve known that Solar/Renweable energy is the way to go more than 30 years ago (I’m sure that I was not alone), but it took some one like you to help to show us how it can be done!

THANK YOU, ELON, for making the designs and plans of gigafactory all open source! So, we earthlings will be able to transition quickly!

I am looking forward to the day when CO2 emission will be a thing of the past. Oh, what a clean, efficient, and smart world we will all live in!

Our future will be bright and sunny because there are people such as Elon Musk on planet earth…who may soon be on other planet(s), with the help of SpaceX!

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24 March

Hanergy Charging Toward The Solar Electric Future!

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Harmonious Sunshine (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Harmonious & Collaborative Sunshine (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)


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The aggresive Chinese NEA in the previous post has inspired me to have a closer look at some of the current Chinese effort toward solar energy.  Interestingly,  some new development regarding Hanergy Holding getting ready to launch five models of solar-powered cars in October this year got my attention, for I’ve had a history of covering the solar car events since 2011.

Hanergy is a privately held Chinese multinational renewable energy company founded in 1994 by Li Hejun  (its current chairman and CEO). Its headquarter is in Beijing. It is active in solar, wind and hydropower generation and is one of the world’s largest thin-film solar power company. Hanergy was ranked No. 23 in the 2014 list of 50 Smartest Companies by MIT Technology Review, noting “the Chinese energy company is snapping up advanced solar technologies at fire-sale prices.”

As the market share of thin film photovoltaic panels is expected to decline each year to 2017, according to one of the NPD Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly report, it is not surprising that Hanergy has been further exploring and expanding into other clean energy territories such as auto sector.  Considering the fact that transportation vehicle is one of the main contributing factors for CO2 emission and particulates pollution any where on planet earth, Hanergy Holding is likely to continue to have tremendous impact toward cleaning our earthly environment in the future.

Solar Charging Station (credit: Hanergy)

Solar Charging Station (credit: Hanergy)

Hanergy was on the top of Tesla‘s list of collaborators for the first PV Supercharger station in China. Two solar PV charging systems designed and manufactured by Hanergy Solar Group (at Tesla’s request), were showcased in April, 2014, by Tesla. Finally, some body has taken up on Elon Musk’s offer of Tesla’s patents for free! Plans for Tesla’s supercharger network in China will continue to roll out in large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Tesla’s founder Elon Musk said: “In the future, Tesla will work with partners to build supercharger network. The first charging station in Beijing was built in cooperation with Hanergy Solar Group. Tesla will continue to invest in the construction of superchargers in China, aiming to quickly expand the network.” Elon Musk also noted that large investments will be brought into China for the building of seven Supercharger networks.

The two solar PV charging systems showcased were somewhat different, as indicated in the press release at the time, below (in italics):

The Beijing carport, a mobile carport designed to be assembled and transported, adopts Hanergy’s GSE flexible thin-film solar modules. The Shanghai carport will be a fixed structure, and adopts Hanergy’s MiaSole CIGS high-efficiency modules. The first phase of both carports has been completed.

The PV charging system by Hanergy Solar Group protects vehicles like ordinary carports, while (at the same time) converting sunlight into electricity (via) its solar rooftop. At the same time, the system charges the electric vehicle through its energy storage system. The system uses the CIGS thin-film PV technology, the most advanced in the world. With conversion rates peaking at 20.5%, this technology offers light weight, flexibility, excellent low-light performance and advanced packaging. More importantly, no fixed column is required, which significantly reduces the cost.

Vice President of Hanergy Global Solar Power and Application Group, Ms. Zhang Qingliang, stated: “Hanergy has been actively exploring ways to utilize its thin-film photovoltaic technology to provide solutions through technological innovation and cross industrial integration. We have been working with multiple domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers to integrate solar, and is also researching on energy storage, photovoltaic car roof and other solar-automobile applications.”

As Hanergy continues working with three domestic and two foreign companies on solar powered cars, it will be interesting for us to keep our eyes on what 5-models of solar cars that will be unveiled in October of 2015.  With an earthly population of over one billion people, China will provide a huge potential market for future solar cars. The collaboration between Hanergy and Tesla in solar electric cars and supercharging stations will bring forth not only the vehicle of Solar Energy Age, Cleaner Environment, but an important appreciation for multinational collaboration.  This is truly the kind of success through Harmonious Collaboration that our planet needs more of on our way toward a brighter, healthier, and better world.

P.S. The English edition of China’s New Energy Revolution by renewable energy advocate and Hanergy Chairman Li Hejun is now available for purchase in bookstores across the U.S. as well as in e-book format.

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