published on March 30, 2019 |
by Steve Hanley
30. March 2019 by Steve Hanley
Tesla never stops looking for new ways to do old things. Never. Not for a minute. Every other day is devoted to researching new ideas that can make the world a better place. Last week, Tesla introduced two such advances. One thing is a small thing – dynamic brake lights. The other could turn the utility industry upside down – connecting solar energy systems without using the existing power grid.
An end to the net as we know it
Forbes reports that Tesla has filed a patent on a proposal that grants permission to individuals and individuals to use solar panels to share power directly with one another. If you currently have a rooftop solar system, you can only share your electricity with your neighbor by reconnecting it to the grid and hoping that the utility will send it to your neighbor's home.  Tesla has a better idea. In his most recent patent application, number 16/186390, it explains how people with solar power systems installed behind solar panels can share the power generated without using the existing grid. While the grid would still be ready to provide power when needed, it would behave more like a backup battery system as a primary power source.
The key to this proposal is the linking of solar systems with direct cable connections. These would "allow the sharing of energy, control the flow of electricity through the direct connections and / or record relative power flows between the devices," the patent application.
The application goes on to say, "Most of these alternative source systems connect to existing power cables and utilities' infrastructure, so they are unable to effectively control the flow of power between the systems without Even ignoring the constraints of the utility infrastructure, current systems do not have the ability to interact between systems. "
The flow of electricity between solar systems would be controlled digitally, presumably like inverters today Forming an interface between the rooftop solar system and the 110-volt AC system used by most households and businesses.
Of course, the problem will be existing utilities that have been blessed with state-sponsored monopolies since the days of Thomas Edison, giving them the exclusive right to deliver electricity within a specific geographic area. As a result they got used to thinking: "It is our stream dam" and we will decide how it is manufactured and distributed. "
The proposal from Tesla of course This model is a sledgehammer similar to selling cars directly to the public associated with traditional car sales." In most states, there are laws in the books that only a licensed power company can power other people These laws, which were perfectly reasonable 100 years ago, are no longer appropriate today, but utilities such as franchisee organizations will fight any change in the current business model with every weapon they can muster
Dynamic Brake Lights
Most people do not think about brake lights, either they are on or they are off, but Tesla does not see it that way (of course).
If the vehicle is more than 50 km / h and the driver steps on the brake pedal, the brake lights are flashing and off to alert the driver to a sudden stop. This is an idea that has been tested on some city buses and motorcycles in the past but has never been used on production vehicles.
Australia's Engine 1 says, "Tesla's new dynamic brake lights should be standard on every car. "We agree. The roll-out of the dynamic brake lights was first reported by Reddit user DutchDeity and picked up by Teslarati .
"When you drive 50 km / h and brake hard, the brake lights are now flashing fast to warn other drivers that your car brakes fast," reads the description for Tesla's Dynamic Brake Lights. The vehicle not only flashes in situations where unexpectedly heavy braking is required, but also the hazard warning lights.
If your vehicle stops completely, the hazard lights will flash until you press the accelerator pedal or manually operate the hazard warning light button to turn it off. "
Is it a small thing? Yes it is. However, it does contribute to the company's reputation for having some of the safest cars on the market. Tesla's idea is an idea that other automakers should adopt as soon as possible. Oh, wait a minute. These other guys can not introduce radio updates to improve their cars after leaving the factory, right? Another reason to buy a Tesla instead of another brand.