The latest innovation that we have come across is Granard firm Elite Energy importing a French made solar panel that makes PV and delivers hot air to the home.
There have been a number of designs trying to do that, but this is the first commercial version, with an Irish installer.
Whats even more intriguing is the Heat Battery – the air heated by putting cold air on the bottom of the PV panel goes to a storage box, changing a substance to a solid form, storing the heat.
When the temperature drops, this melts, and releases the heat.
Thats the theory anyway. How well it works? I don’t know. How much it costs we are trying to find out.
And all from a visionary firm from lovely Longford… and why not!
Elite Energy, Granard
The worlds biggest battery for energy storage has been installed in Australia, and commissioned by Elon Musk. We would expect nothing less from this man, as he blazes the way forward for the future, as the energy market will need storage during peak production times to meet peak demand times, as the two rarely match up.
Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, bet his reputation on building the battery in 100 days.
Its quite a story, how a tech giant made a promise, and a globally obscure state politician took him up on it, and did he deliver!
We wish all energy companies were like TESLA, and all politicians were like Weatherill
New York Times >>>
Its all well and good promoting solar energy, but the cost is still a factor, and the grants given out are often swallowed by the premium firms put up to match.
So its good to see a number of firms are doing a install now and pay by installments package.
It takes one element of the new build off the immediate must pay list, but how it will affect credit rating is unknown, or will the fact the homeowners are maxed out with the mortgage affect how they can access the credit for the solar panels.
Central Project (Dublin / Tullamore)