Master Plan, Part Deux

  1. Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive
  2. Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price
  3.  Use that money to create an affordable, high volume car
    And…
  4. Provide solar power. No kidding, this has literally been on our website for 10 years.

So, in short, Master Plan, Part Deux is:

  • Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage
  • Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments
  • Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning
  • Enable your car to make money for you when you aren’t using it

 

Source = https://www.tesla.com/blog/master-plan-part-deux

Photovoltaic Energy vs Nuclear Energy – Cost Advantage!

PARIS — Solar photovoltaic systems have long been painted as a clean way to generate electricity, but expensive compared with other alternatives to oil, like nuclear power. No longer. In a “historic crossover,” the costs of solar photovoltaic systems have declined to the point where they are lower than the rising projected costs of new nuclear plants, according to a paper published this month.

“Solar photovoltaics have joined the ranks of lower-cost alternatives to new nuclear plants,” John O. Blackburn, a professor of economics at Duke University, in North Carolina, and Sam Cunningham, a graduate student, wrote in the paper, “Solar and Nuclear Costs — The Historic Crossover.”

New solar-cell efficiency record set


Here’s a seemingly simple solar power factoid: the sun bathes Earth with enough energy in one hour (4.3 x 1020 joules) to more than fill all of humanity’s present energy use in a year (4.1 x 1020 joules). So how to convert it? In the world of solar energy harvesting, there’s a constant battle between cost and efficiency. On the one hand, complex and expensive triple-junction photovoltaic cells can turn more than 40 percent of the (specially concentrated) sunlight that falls on them into electricity. On the other, cheap, plastic solar cells under development convert less than 5 percent.

Bringing the cost of just the photovoltaic cells down to about $1 per watt is the magic number solar manufacturers are aiming for, figuring that will make them cost-competitive with electricity produced by burning natural gas. Some manufacturers of thin film cells (less efficient but cheaper), such as First Solar, claim to have reached that mark, with efficiencies around 10 percent. Finding a way to further boost the ability to convert sunlight into electricity while also lowering costs to this level would herald the true dawn for solar power—something anticipated since photovoltaics were discovered.

Barack Obama – New energy for USA

http://www.youtube.com/v/bC1A8dLkRWM&hl=en&fs=1

The Obama-Biden comprehensive New Energy for America plan will:

  • Provide short-term relief to American families facing pain at the pump
  • Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.
  • Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined.
  • Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars — cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon — on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America.
  • Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
  • Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

To read a detailed description on each points above, please read “NEW ENERGY FOR AMERICA” by Barack Obama & Joe Biden or visit the Energy & Environment section on official website

Using CFLs, how much money do we save?

The answer is shown in a Document for all 3 house: mine, my parents and my grandma.
Considering =
  • Life = 10 years
  • Usage = 1000 hours/year (3 hours per day)
  • Kg of CO2 produced per kWh = 0.53 Kg CO2 / kWh
  • Price of kWh = 0.16 Euro / kWh

++ SAVE € 419.04 each year of energy and 1321.82 Kg of CO2
SPENT € 403.45 to buy all new lights

  • Start to earn money after about 1 year (0.97)
  • Earn about € 3’383.50 over 10 years
  • Save 13’218 Kg of CO2 that is about 13 tons!!!

Step 1: Change those energy wasting lightbulbs!

DONE!!! 🙂

Join Greenpeace 7 Step Climate Campaign

According to Greenpeace 7 Steps initiative, Step #1 is to change old incandescent lightbulbs with new Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs (CFLs).
Thanks to my friend DAde that suggested me to check on IKEA for a complete set of CFL types, I brought about 400 euros of new lights! 😉

So here it’s a quick report of the big swith:

  • 2 x GARAGE
    • Package = single item
    • Type = Globe
    • Connector = E27
    • Power = 20 W (Equivalent to 85W)
    • Light = 1000 lumen
    • Life = 10’000h
    • Energy Efficiency = B
    • Instant on = NO
    • Part Number #00131416
    • Price = € 6.18
  • 33 x DINING ROOM & KITCHEN
    • Package = pair items
    • Type = Candelabra
    • Connector = E14
    • Power = 5 W (Equivalent to 25W)
    • Light = 170 lumen
    • Life = 10’000h
    • Energy Efficiency = B
    • Instant on = NO
    • Part Number #00131384
    • Price = € 9.37 (4.68 each)
  • 2 x BATHROOM
    • Package = single item
    • Type = Triple Tube
    • Connector = E27
    • Power = 20W (Equivalent to 100W)
    • Light = 1300 lumen
    • Life = 10’000h
    • Energy Efficiency = A
    • Instant on = NO
    • Part Number #40131419
    • Price = € 4.68

  • 2 x SITTING ROOM
    • Package = triad items
    • Type = Double Tube
    • Connector = E27
    • Power = 11 W (Equivalent to 60W)
    • Light = 600 lumen
    • Life = 6’000h
    • Energy Efficiency = A
    • Instant on = YES
    • Part Number #40067729
    • Price = € 5.56 (1.85 each)

  • 2 x BEDROOM
    • Package = double items
    • Type = Globe
    • Connector = E27
    • Power = 11 W (Equivalent to 50W)
    • Light = 530 lumen
    • Life = 10’000h
    • Energy Efficiency = B
    • Instant on = NO
    • Part Number #90131407
    • Price = € 10.37 (€5.18 each)
  • 1 x BATHROOM MIRROR
    • Package = double items
    • Type = Globe
    • Connector = E14
    • Power = 7 W (Equivalent to 30W)
    • Light = 260 lumen
    • Life = 10’000h
    • Energy Efficiency = B
    • Instant on = NO
    • Part Number #60131404
    • Price = € 10.37 (€5.18 each)

Total = 2x 6.18 + 33x 9.37 + 2x 4.68 + 2x 5.56 + 2x 10.37 + 1x 10.37 = € 373.16