Tesla’s Attractive Solar Energy For Homes
Solar panels have many benefits as a way of powering and heating a home. However, they are not always the most attractive of products. Tesla is out to prove that it doesn’t have to be this way with their new invisible solar roof tiles. The solar glass tiles received their grand unveiling on the set of Desperate Housewives.
It was a neat trick to show that the most attractive LA homes can still look great with a solar roof installation. Elon Musk’s team had stripped the old roofs and replaced them with these new glass tiles with solar cells inside. They still look like slate and tiled roofs, with no sign of solar tech. This is much more appealing than a big black mass of silicon cells.
So How Can A Solar Panel Be Invisible?
The trick comes down to the viewing angle of the tile. In the one angle, there is no doubt that there are cells within the tiles. Tilt the tile and the cells appear to vanish. It all comes down to the use of microlevers screening the cells at certain angles. From the street, the tiles look perfectly normal. This coating means that the tile can remain effective and still collects plenty of solar energy.
A Strong Solar Set Up Requires More Than A Good Set Of Solar Panels
Prospective buyers are sure to approve of the look of these solar roof tiles, but there are other practical considerations. A strong solar power system needs effective panels, a good inverter, and a battery system. There are also strong calls for improved solar generators to provide backup power to a home in an emergency.
These generators are gaining popularity as a way to power a home, RV and other forms of accommodation when standard power just won’t do. They are a great way to go off the grid with a reliable, quiet, eco-friendly product.
The need is there, as many Americans see the benefits of going green and using solar cars, lighting, and other applications. However, the practicalities of having constant power mean that some people are unsure about full reliance on solar.
Improvements to power generation and storage can help to create a reliable set-up that can keep a home running all night. Naturally, Tesla is still focused on their battery pack. The first Powerball battery was unveiled to a pretty good response because it was much smaller and user-friendly than many expected.
The updated 2.0 model promises to improve upon this. It is much flatter than the former model, so takes up even less space. It can also hold 14kWh of storage with a 7kWh peak power draw. The expected cost is $5,500. That may look like a lot to some, but it is a great investment for long-term energy production.
In The End, The Goal At Tesla Is Not Just To Make Solar Power Pretty, Even If It Does Seem That Way At Times
The gimmick with the roofs on Wisteria Lane was a neat PR stunt, but there is more going on here. These invisible solar panels are strong, reliable and effective – not just attractive. The materials were keenly put through their paces to show that there are pretty strong.
There should be no concern about the roof breaking in bad weather. Musk even went as far as saying that they have a quasi-infinite lifetime. There are also plans to eventually integrate the panels with a battery. This would mean that it is even easier to generate solar energy and store it for future use.
Is There A Future For These Solar Roof Tiles?
The ultimate aim here is to make solar power appealing to the average consumer on numerous levels. The idea is to make the solar panel is enviable as the electric car. This would finally prove that solar is attractive and cool, not awkward and nerdy. This mass appeal also means finding and buying a system that is effective, easy to install and affordable.
The “pretty” nature of the panels just increases this appeal further. Tesla hopes to roll out these new products in partnership with SolarCity, a leading solar system installer. With the right backing and consumer support, they could be a part of many homes in the future. When this happens, we could find ourselves saying good-bye to ugly solar panels for good.