Open Source Battery Tech: What this Means for Energy Innovation

by Modis on August 4, 2015

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Is there a bigger, broader future for the electric car awaiting not far off on the horizon? It’s possible, now that green-minded auto creators Tesla Motors has loosened its stance towards keeping its proprietary battery technology under wraps. In a bold move aimed at accelerating the slow growth of electric car adoption worldwide, the tech company recently made its battery tech open-source, releasing its patents for good faith use.

“Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote, in a recent blog post on the company’s website. “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.”

This surprise shift may have a substantial impact on the growth of electric cars, but it could also provide a big boost to electric battery and greener energy innovations on a grander scale in the near future.

The present and the future

With the high price tag and environmental impact of fossil-fuel power, energy storage is becoming a critical new piece to our global puzzle, when it comes to getting the most out of the finite resources we have. Going beyond the electric car, Tesla’s well-documented advancements in battery power technology are now being applied to homes, with its pricey but sustainability-focused Powerwall.

These powerful home-installed batteries let homeowners have greater control and flexibility over how energy is used and stored in their home. The ability to better monitor and manage energy usage and storage during peak times and throughout the day can provide some invaluable insights into home energy consumption.

Beyond making it easier to conserve power usage and the reduction of the negative impact to the environment, this cutting edge battery technology has the potential to create additional cost savings to homeowners, too. Tapping into more renewable energy resources like wind and solar power — through solar panels mounted on your roof, for example — would dovetail in a big way with something like the Powerwall. It’s possible you could generate and store more energy than you need, then sell it back through the power grid. So homeowners could eventually be making and saving some serious green by going green.

More battery operated tech could kickstart endless innovations

From electric cars and green home power cells advancements, the future of Tesla’s advanced battery tech could mean some very interesting advancements on a global scale — assuming more consumers, companies and innovators get on board. But with those patents now available for anyone to use, it’s only a matter of time before others step in line and start harnessing the Tesla’s battery tech for the greater good.

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Natalia October 9, 2015 at 11:18 am

– Thanks for dropping me a line Darryl. I hope that the Tesla ineded does or will do 220 miles on a tank, the 0 to 60 is less important, but if you say it, you should deliver it. My concern is that exaggerated claims will damage the credibility of electric cars, and I feel your claims may be hard to deliver – and I think your experience to date backs that up. I hope you do it though. Truly I do.But should I really just buy a Tesla? – I’ve a better idea for you – I live close enough to Lotus’s factory, how about letting me take one round the test track there for an hour or two – see how far it really goes? And if you’re right I will buy one, assuming of course the waiting list isn’t years and that I can live with LHD How about it, talk is easy, you up for proving it? – I’m willing to eat my words.@drivin98 – It’s both really. The first one is a one off, but we have it in mind that if it does what we think it will, there could be interest from other people – in which case we’d want to go into limited production. And if it still was in demand after that, bigger scale production. But a one off first. If that makes sense.@markjyoung – I hear what you say, The focus on Ferrari type performance looks wrong, it’s designed for a diff audience. The problem isn’t caused by people that use bikes instead of cars – people like you, it’s caused by the most of us that are hooked on the stuff (for diff reasons) right now. To have a hope of making a significant change we need to offer clean cars (not bicycles), something the mass of people will take as a serious option for them now. It’s a step and a big one if we can run cars on wind energy. PS the UK has enough wind energy blowing past us everyday – to power the whole country 3 to 4 times over, so yes in theory we do have an abundance of renewable energy. OK we have to harvest it yet @James cheers for the support.

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