Tesla’s new patent promises a breakthrough in energy managementFebruary 25, 2020
Tesla has received a patent for the technology of “scalable hierarchical distribution grid”, which can transform the way today’s energy systems distribute solar energy. And this is not a patent for the sake of the patent – the company is really working on a new principle of organizing energy networks, and its appearance will greatly change the familiar electricity market.
Until now, Tesla Energy’s energy division has mainly been involved in the installation of solar energy storage systems. But last year, Elon Musk said that Tesla’s energy business could outgrow the car business.
In a new patent application, the company describes the situation as follows: “Despite the progress in integrating solar-powered power generation systems connected to the grid with a local energy storage, there are a number of problems that make it difficult to efficiently install and manage such systems, in particular on a large scale. For example, it is incredibly difficult to control a large number of energy generation and / or storage systems located in different places (at different geographical locations) and using different types of devices that can have different capabilities, network requirements, weather conditions, electricity tariffs, and so on. Further”.
The application further describes a new technology that can provide “homogeneous logic” for a scalable hierarchical distribution grid. We are talking about a large number of control modules that are interconnected in a certain way. Each of them operates on the basis of a single logic, while it can work autonomously.
According to Electrek reporters, the company is trying with this patent to automate the management of energy demand so that it more closely matches energy assets. As Tesla installs more and more energy systems, including offering a subscription model that does not require investments, but only monthly payments, it receives more and more data that can be used to optimize these systems. This can lead to the emergence of a new pricing policy and have a serious impact on the entire energy business.
According to experts at Wood Mackenzie, a turning point in Europe’s energy sector will come in ten years. By 2030, most of the continent’s electricity needs will be covered by renewable energy sources, while the cost of energy will continuously decrease.
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