0

How Do You Solve Solar Power’s Nighttime Problem? #SolarPower

NewImage

Charging batteries with solar power to keep the power going at night. via slate

How do you get solar power when the sun goes down?

This isn’t a trick question.
One answer: You generate power from solar panels during the day. And instead of funneling that electricity into the grid, you simply charge up lots of batteries, which function as a temporary power plant for several hours much later in the day—and even after nightfall.

That’s the business plan behind the Powerwall, Tesla’s home-based battery storage system. And now a small utility on Hawaii’s lush, sparsely populated, and fabulous island of Kauai, has inked a deal with the solar-panel arm of the Musk-Industrial Complex to build a truly massive powerwall—big enough to supply up to one-fifth of the island’s electricity needs for several hours. Earlier this month, Musk-chaired SolarCity and the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative announced they would build the “first utility-scale solar array and battery storage system designed to supply power to the grid in the evening, when demand is highest.”

Read more


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 8,500+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython – Python on Microcontrollers is here!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — Rethink Robotics closes shop. Long live collaborative robots #makerbusiness

Wearables — Cleaning is key

Electronics — Serial overkill

Biohacking — Biohacking Resources – Books, Talks and Podcasts

Python for Microcontrollers — CircuitPython @ Hackaday SuperCon #ICYMI @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF #Python

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



1 Comment

  1. The problem with lead acid batteries is that if you drain them too much, they start to die and have to be replaced so you need to have a monitoring system to cut off power so you don’t kill the batteries.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.