By combining breakthrough battery storage, an innovative inverter system, and intelligence software, SunCulture Solar, Inc. created SolPad – an integrated device that is less expensive, more powerful, and easier to use than any solar power system on the market today.
Tesla, in its quest to create a fully integrated sustainable future, has launched Powerwall 2 – a compact, stackable, built-in solar energy Inverter. Powerwall 2 is a completely automated battery that stores the sun’s energy and is capable of powering a two-bedroom home for an entire day.
Whether it’s Dubai’s 1,378-foot self-sustaining Da Vinci tower or Harvard Engineer Jeff Wilson’s 352-square foot Kasita Home, the world is beginning to embrace the green construction industry. From eco-friendly architectural firms to robotic brick layers to recyclable building materials, wasteful construction sites and energy-sucking skyscrapers are being replaced by fully sustainable structures.
Case and point: The fully sustainable Copenhagen International School by C.F. Møller
Led by entrepreneur and solar scientist Dr. Hasan Baig and world leading renewable energy scientist Professor Tapas Mallick, a team of researchers at the University of Exeter have developed an opaque glass block that harnesses solar energy. According to Build Solar, the company responsible for bringing the Solar Squared technology to market, “Buildings consume more than 40% of the electricity produced across the globe.”
The startup, named Physee, wants to make modern commercial and housing estates energy neutral. Co-founder and CEO Ferdinand Grapperhaus says, “Large commercial estates consume a lot of energy. If you want to make these buildings energy neutral, you never have enough roof surface. Therefore, activating the buildings’ facades will significantly contribute to making the buildings energy neutral.” He says that the cost of the wiring bringing power from the grid to windows is considerable in large commercial estates. As a result, investing in power-generating windows would make commercial sense.