Solar Power Gets a Boost from Google

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08/12/2014

Solar Power Gets a Boost from Google

Will a "Little Box" change the future of electricity?

 
Power Inverters

One of the major hurdles to maximizing the cost-effectiveness of renewable energy such as solar or wind may soon be a thing of the past – the power verters that solar panels rely on to convert DC power to usable AC power could be shrinking dramatically.

To create the "Little Box Challenge," the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has partnered with Google to offer a $1 million prize to any team or individual who can design and build a power inverter with a power density of 50 watts per inchwhile being 10 times smaller than current inverters. It must also be about the size of a large tablet and remain cool to the touch. 

Smaller power verters that produce the same amount of AC power as current models could drive down the initial price of renewable energy investment by saving on installation, production, and transportation costs. Small-scale power inverters could also be used to power microgrids, distribute energy more efficiently along the electric grid, and help electric vehicles provide power back-up in case of an outage. 

 

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Search our Trade Pro Directory to find professionals that can help identify energy-efficient natural gas options that save energy and qualify for rebates to save you money.

 


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.

When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality. 


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


 

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