Published on March 30th, 2019 |
March 30th, 201
An end to the grid as we know it
Forbes reports that Tesla has filed for a patent on a proposal that would allow people and businesses with solar installations to share electricity with each other directly. At the present time, if you have a rooftop solar system, the only way you can share any of the electricity it generates with your neighbor is by putting it back into the grid and hoping the utility company will send it to your neighbor's house  Tesla has a better idea. Its latest patent filing, Number 16/186390, explains how people with solar generators could share the electricity generated with each other without using the existing grid. The grid would still be ready to supply electricity when needed, but it would act more like a battery backup system than a primary power source.
The key to the proposal is linking solar systems together with direct wired connections. These would "enable sharing of power, controlling power flow over direct connections, and / or recording relative power flows between the devices," according to the patent application
The application goes on to say, "Most of these alternatives- source systems are connected to the grid using preexisting electrical cables and utility company infrastructure. As such, they are not equipped to efficiently manage power flow between systems without accounting for control and / or regulatory issues. Still, even ignoring utility infrastructure constraints, current systems lack intersystem interaction capabilities. "
The flow of power between solar systems would be managed digitally, presumably in much the same way that inverters today provide an interface between the solar system on the roof and the 110 volt AC system used by most homes and businesses
The problem, of course, will be existing utilities, who since the days of Thomas Edison have been blessed with government-sponsored monopolies that give them the exclusive right to supply electricity within a designated geographical area. As a result, they have become accustomed to thinking, "It's our electricity dammit and we will decide how it is made and distributed."
takes a sledgehammer to that model, just as selling cars directly to the public has made to traditional car sales. Most states have laws on books that prohibit anyone but a licensed utility company from sharing electricity with any other person or group. These laws, which were entirely reasonable 100 years ago, are no longer appropriate today. But the utility companies, like franchise dealer organizations, will fight any amendment to the current business model with every weapon they can collect.
Dynamic Brake Lights
Most people do not give much thought to the brake lights. They are either on or they are off. But Tesla does not see it that way (naturally).
If the car is traveling more than 50 km / h and the driver stomps hard on the brake pedal, the brake lights will flash on and off to alert the driver behind a sudden stop. This is an idea that has been tested on some city buses and motorcycles in the past, but one that has never been applied to production cars
Australia's Engine 1 says, "Tesla's New Dynamic Brake Lights should be standard on every car. "We agree. The rollout out of the dynamic brake lights was first reported by Reddit user DutchDeity and picked up by Teslarati
"If you are driving over 50 km / h and brake forcefully, other drivers that your car is rapidly slowing down, "reads the description for Tesla's Dynamic Brake Lights feature.
If your car stops completely, the hazard warning lights will flash until you press the accelerator or manually press the hazard warning lights to turn them off. "
Is it a small thing? Yes, it is. But it adds to the company's reputation for making some of the safest cars available. Tesla's idea is one that other automakers should adopt as soon as possible. Oh, wait. Those other guys can not implement over-the-air updates to improve their cars after they leave the factory, can they? Another reason to buy Tesla instead of some other brand in the first place.