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May 8th, 2015 · No Comments · General Detritus

I’ve been slack. I just haven’t been doing anything. It’s all because of the Watch. Apple is selling them as fast as they can make them, and the punditbots can’t even look up and say, “Damn, that thing is working.” The punditbots have to put a negative spin on the Watch. I’m sorry, but it’s so damn dumb, I can’t even make fun of it. The Macalope makes fun of it. He gets paid to do that. I don’t envy him a whit. I’m sure he gets paid well enough to make up for the pain, but, DAMN.

So, I’ve decided to break out into a new direction, at least for today. Tesla. I’m a Tesla stockholder. I’ve been in for about two-ish years. It’s been a good run. Elon Musk just announced their new product. It’s a home battery that saves the power you collect from your photovoltaic (solar) panels. You can do that anytime you want to already.

I have a friend who’s been doing just that since the late 80s. He has PV cells charging golf-cart batteries to power his remote home, which is built mostly from SeaLand containers. He’s a wacko genius, but you can do it if you want to.

You just buy and install enough PV cells to generate all the energy you need, and then you buy and install enough golf-cart batteries to store as much electricity as your house will use overnight. It’s easy. All you have to do is figure out how many kilowatt hours your house uses while the sun is down, and how many batteries it will take, fully charged to provide that much electricity, and how many photovoltaics it will take to fully charge those batteries in the available hours of daylight. Then all you need are the appropriate voltage regulators and inverters to make sure your system charges and discharges properly and at the correct voltages and frequencies for your appliances. Anybody with an electrical engineering degree could do it easily. The rest of us will have to hire somebody.

The Tesla thingy does all that work for you. All you really have to know for sure is how much juice you need, and then buy the right number of thingies. If you guess low, buy more thingies. Not complex.

It’ll provide the energy to get a house off the electrical grid. That seems like a good idea to me.


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