Google to give $1 Million in Portable Renewable Energy Source Challenge
Search engine is giving a $1 Million prize for the construction of a compact idea for turning green energy into a power source that can be utilized in the house.
Google, together with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), has begun a ‘Little Box Challenge’ to come up with and construct a kW-scale power inverter, that can be useful to transform in renewable energy, meaning solar and wind, until turning it into convenient current for houses and automobiles.
The competition is challenging because the new object needs to not be bigger than a little laptop, meaning maximum roughly 1/10th of the current size.
“We are looking for someone to build a kW-scale inverter with a power density greater than 50W per cubic inch. Do it best and we will give you a million bucks,” Google said in a blog post.
Google is certain that this will help “change the future of electricity”.
“We believe that inverters will become increasingly important to our economy and environment as solar PV, batteries, and similar power sources continue their rapid growth,” Google added.
It added that the innovation coming in will have wide applicability across areas, will increase the performance drive down price tags and open up new use cases.
Google announced the construction of a smaller power inverter could provide a bigger number of hoses that function with green energy, more practical electrical grids distributed wisely and could also bring a benefits to the isolated areas on earth.
“A smaller inverter could help create low-cost microgrids in remote parts of the world. Or allow you to keep the lights on during a blackout via your electric car’s battery. Or enable advances we haven’t even thought of yet,” Eric Raymond from Google’s Green Team reports.
The due date for the competition is this year’s September and the winner of the contest will be unveiled in the first month of 2016.
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