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A wave of next-generation solar companies for the home

A wave of next-generation solar companies for the home:- I was an early adopter of the current generation of solar technology when I put panels on our San Jose house in the early 2000s, only to watch the yield from those panels drop sharply over the following 20 years.

On our latest home, we use current-generation LG panels which promise to hold over 90% of their generating capacity for that same time. However, not only am I unable to get the Tesla batteries I ordered last year (I’m told I may have them by next summer), I know I’m wasting a ton of energy because my energy use is unmonitored.

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A truly green home is not just solar. It has a managed energy system so you can optimize use. But home energy management systems that work well with solar are exceedingly rare, and I have been disappointed in each one I have tested.

Lunar Energy, run by ex-Tesla executive Kunal Girotra, appears to be one of the first next-generation solar companies focused more on electrical efficiency than a generation.

Lunar is an early version of a coming wave of solar companies that will increasingly branch off from solar generation to energy management, providing a far stronger ROI for their products.

This week, let’s talk about how the move to solar will change how we manage electricity and how appliances are made. Then we’ll close with my product of the week: the new Dragonfly Folio from HP.

The Problem With Solar

Solar energy is cheap. Actually, it’s free but, sadly, the technology we need to use it is anything but. My last installation, which was heavily subsidized by the California and U.S. governments, still set me back nearly $30,000—even after the subsidies—and my current system is closer to $100,000.

The direct benefit is that during the summer, my power bill has gone from over $700 a month to under $50. But in winter, it’s a different story. You see, solar power is driven by the sun. In the winter, when the sun is lower on the horizon, it doesn’t convey as much power to the panels, but you still need the energy to heat the house.

Granted, much of my home is heated with gas now, but I would like to go all-electric. It still cuts my energy bill by nearly two-thirds, but solar only works during the day and when the sun is out. So, you need some form of an alternative power source if you do not want to go dark at night or on cloudy days.

If you remain grid-tied, without batteries, if the power goes out even in the middle of a sunny summer day (as it did for me the other day), you will still lose power. Batteries are not only expensive, but you must also pull enough power to both charge them and power your house during the day, increasing your need for more solar-sourced power.

Now, if you remain on-grid, you will not have to pay this every night but only when you discharge the batteries during an outage. If you go off-grid, it means you will need around 30% extra capacity.

But what if you also focused on improving efficiency?

The Promise of Firms Like Lunar Energy

This is where these next-generation solar companies are focused: less on generating energy and more on increasing the efficiency of energy use. While Lunar Energy appears to be working on more efficient whole-house batteries, their overall effort is more focused on efficiency than a generation.

If you can make your home more efficient, you don’t need as much solar power or as many batteries. This efficiency focus works whether you are solar-powered or powered by the electrical grid. You could use an energy management system regardless of how you source your power.

You could also potentially do things like power down your chargers when the batteries they are charging are at full capacity and only power them on again when those batteries are below 50%. This would help the batteries last longer and potentially reduce daily energy use.

In the past, tests of the Energy Star rating system showed huge holes in its process. This management capability would also highlight appliances that are wasteful, force appliance manufacturers to improve their own energy efficiency and catch those that might still be gaming the system.

Next-Gen Solar Appliances

Now there are companies like Sundanzer that have built appliances for off-grid homes for years, but the features and capabilities of these appliances remind me of what my grandmother had back in the 1960s. Manual defrost, no cold water or ice-making capabilities, limited capacity, and, for the most part, nothing you’d call attractive. But they are incredibly efficient.

What I anticipate with the next generation of appliances from companies focused on solar homes is that they will blend the efficiency of the off-grid offerings with the capabilities and appearance of the current generation of modern appliances — so we can have the features we want at near the efficiency of an off-grid product.

Wrapping Up

Lunar Energy is one of the first of a new generation of solar energy companies focused more on the efficient use of energy than on its generation.

I expect that by the end of the decade we will see entirely new companies coming to market with increasingly efficient appliances, more advanced home energy management systems, far better whole-house battery solutions, and a more comprehensive approach to green energy generation and use.

We are just at the beginning of this solar energy wave. Over the next 20 years, kitchen and home designs will change, appliances will change, and we will be using AI to ensure the efficient use of every watt of energy we generate. Altogether, this effort should result in a massive reduction in greenhouse gas creation and a big step toward countering global climate change.

What are the next generation solar panels?

A research group has developed a highly efficient tandem solar cell composed of perovskites and organic absorbers that can be produced at a lower cost than conventional silicon solar cells. Further development of this technology is expected to make solar energy more sustainable.

Dragonfly Folio G3 HP

HP Dragonfly Folio G3 notebook

I get to review a lot of laptops over the course of a year, and one that has consistently been my favorite is the HP Folio. This line has gone through a number of iterations. It started out as a consumer-focused device, drifted into business with the Elite Folio that I’m using to write this, and to the launch of its successor: the HP Dragonfly Folio G3.

The Elite Folio fixed my biggest complaint with the Folio, which was the odd colors. It came in brown and burgundy, and I am sure the 80s wanted their colors back. But in the last generation, HP moved to black, used the updated Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and graphics, and improved the pen dock and sim slot. With all of that, the Elite Folio became my go-to laptop for the year.

Well, I just met the HP Dragonfly Folio G3 and now my old Elite Folio feels sadly out of date.

HP Dragonfly Folio G3-Photo courtesy of HP

HP found that IT buyers just didn’t want to risk a Qualcomm product. While that chip has worked fine for me—and I really appreciated the massive battery life—other users complained about it being laggy.

This is due to having to run an x86 emulator, which pulled performance from a part that was performance-constrained, to begin with.

In addition, Intel has convinced IT buyers that they need vPro even though most currently do not seem to use that capability (Microsoft is working to make Windows work with ARM natively, which should eventually address the performance problem with Snapdragon).

So, the HP Dragonfly Folio G3 has improved the camera, added a privacy screen option, and while it has taken a battery life hit, it is noticeably faster (Qualcomm’s Snapdragon part leads the industry in battery life).

In short, HP took my favorite laptop and made it better, so I am in love again, and the HP Dragonfly Folio G3 is my product of the week.

Reference

FAQ’s Next-Generation Solar Companies

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Solar companies

#1 JinkoSolar Holdings Limited

JinkoSolar is a Chinese holding company that manufactures solar cells, modules, and other solar-related materials. It is one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in terms of gigawatts (GW) supplied in the world. Read more… A wave of next-generation solar companies for the home

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Who are the largest solar panel manufacturers in the US?

America’s Best Solar Companies

First Sun

1. First Solar: Perrysburg/Lake Township, Ohio/1,900 MW – First Solar opened a second facility in northwest Ohio in 2019, bringing its total US capacity to 1.9 GW. First Solar is unique on this list, not only because it is the largest manufacturer in the US but also because it is the only manufacturer of thin-film modules. Read more… A wave of next-generation solar companies for the home

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Are solar panels getting better?

The efficiency of solar panels has improved significantly over time, and panels continue to push new boundaries every year. At the same time, the cost of solar energy continues to fall. Start comparing custom solar prices on the EnergySage Marketplace to see your potential savings. Read more… A wave of next-generation solar companies for the home

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What’s better than solar panels? 

Wind energy is a more efficient source of energy than solar energy. Compared to solar panels, wind turbines emit less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, use less energy and produce more energy overall. In fact, one wind turbine can produce the same amount of electricity as approximately 48,704 solar panels in one kilowatt hour. Read more… A wave of next-generation solar companies for the home

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What are the three types of solar panels? 

In this blog, we will explore the three main types of solar panel cells: polycrystalline, monocrystalline, and thin film. Knowing the difference between the three is the first step in choosing the perfect panel for your home, business or community. Read more… A wave of next-generation solar companies for the home

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Are solar panels getting cheaper?

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the cost of residential solar panel systems has fallen by an average of more than 60% annually over the past decade, from more than $50,000 for a 6-kilowatt-hour (KWh) system in 2011 to $16,000 and $21,000 in 2021 in US dollars. Read more… A wave of next-generation solar companies for the home

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What are next generation solar panels?

Abstract: A research group has developed a highly efficient tandem solar cell composed of perovskites and organic absorbers that can be produced at a lower cost than conventional silicon solar cells. Further development of this technology is expected to make solar energy more sustainable. Read more… A wave of next-generation solar companies for the home

https://todaybdonlinenews.com/

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