For a variety of reasons (that you can read about at our FAQ section), we think this really is a better mousetrap. Its materially different (in better ways) to lead-acid and lithium based batteries.
We’ve been beavering away very busily here in Adelaide at Base64 on key aspects of taking this industrial-strength battery technology and reframing it as an easy to use, easy to install home energy storage system.
This technology is a huge passion of mine. I am quietly hopeful that we can make a positive difference to the world with it.
There’s a popular belief that the looming presence of batteries in people’s homes will lead to the widespread defection of those customers from the power grid.
In this view, living the dream means grid-independence where you harvest your own energy, one-finger salute the power companies and, when grid power fails for others in the street, your battery keeps the party going at your house.
While cutting the power cord sounds good in theory, in practice consumers gain many more advantages from staying connected to the grid.
In October this year I had the pleasure of having an in depth conversation about how the new energy grid and the new Internet grid is starting to evolve – and about the interesting similarities and overlaps that are evolving between the two.
A key thrust of the conversation related to the way that scalable energy storage is the transformative physical component driving changes in how the energy grids of the world will work in the future.
That conversation was undertaken between myself and Larry Smarr.
Larry was the perfect partner for this conversation. He is someone I have had the pleasure to have known in various contexts for some years now, and (as you will see in the video), we share some similar views on the topics concerned. I had a great time riffing with him on these topics.
The video of this conversation is available for your viewing pleasure here.
It is a 15 minute video that was excerpted from a half hour session at the Future In Review conference held in Park City, Utah in October 2015.
The Future In Review conference is pretty amazing – I’ve been a part of it for many years. This year I was (of course) wearing my Redflow hat loudly and proudly at the event 🙂
I want to be able to fly gliders as “pilot in command” in the USA via a US FAA license issued reciprocally on the basis of my Australian one.
I also want to be able to fly powered aircraft in the USA on the same basis, but that is actually fairly simple. It is the glider part that isn’t, due to some unique aspects of the way gliding is administered in Australia.
Because the process turns out to be surprisingly hard (and non-obvious in places), I have documented it here, in the hope that it might help someone else in the future.
That said, please – only read on if you enjoy the sheer masochism of aviation paperwork… along with the unavoidable acronym soup involved in anything specialised…
When I took delivery of my Tesla Model S, I knew that it had a lot of cool hardware that was slated to be enabled progressively in future software updates. Forward looking radar, steering-wheel control servos – all sorts of nifty things.
This morning, my son Felix found out about a very cool piece of hardware that has been quietly built into cars manufactured since late last year that include the ‘cold weather’ (or ‘subzero’) package.
That device genuinely raised the bar. It was a watershed in the design and interaction model of a portable computing device. No mobile device company has designed a mobile phone or tablet device since then, without some level of reference to and comparison to the iPhone.
Model S is the product of a company lead through the rare talents of another visionary entrepreneur, Elon Musk.
When looking at this vehicle, it becomes immediately clear that this product – and its design team – will have a comparable impact in the transport sector over the coming few decades.
Its been a long time coming. Back in 2012 I ordered a Tesla Motors Model S, on the day they were announced. I believe that my car was order #69 in the world, and at the time there was no guarantee when – or if – they’d be sold in Australia.
A few weeks ago, and around 60,000 Model S vehicles later, my shiny new Pearl White and Carbon Fibre Black P85+ is finally in its home in Adelaide, South Australia.
Since I happen to have done reasonably well in business, I receive semi-regular pitches from companies seeking my interest in the potential of investing in them.
I got one the other day that I loved, but for the wrong reasons.
I loved it because it looks like its author found a generic ‘please invest in me’ form letter somewhere, filled in the blanks, and just fired it off to lots of people he’d read about somewhere on the Internet, expecting money to fall out of the sky in response.
I’ve turned it back into a generic form letter by simply putting generic field names back into it.