What will the next generation solar power inverter look like? We should ask Google, or rather, all great minds who will join the Little Box Challenge. The event is organized by the tech giant, and has an aim to produce a tiny power box that can help Google reach their ultimate goal- to power all their operations using only renewable energy.
For whoever manages to fulfill the requirements and win the challenge, Google will give the whooping $1 million as a prize.
The Little Box Challenge was announced just a few days ago at an event attended by the President Obama. The prize money is definitely a lot, but it will not come without some sweat and tears. The person, or team, who wins it, should deliver a new, much smaller than any of the currently existing, solar power inverters, which will boost the efficiency and bring down the cost of existing solar power systems.
The Google guys are putting their money on a project that, as they say, is going to solve one of the biggest power puzzles around. The current inverters that are used to convert the power from the cells into AC power, compatible with the grid, are huge and still very expensive. If the price of solar panels have dropped enormously in the last years, the inverters are still as expensive as they were when they were first invented. This slows down developments in the field of solar, and the only way to change this would be to find a way to reduce that cost.
The challenge is in its very early stage, and details about the rules of the competition are still to be revealed. It surely does sound tempting, but I doubt Google will invest so much into something, which is super easy to develop. Good luck to everyone, who decides to take up the task. I am sure the winner will come up with something incredible, we just need to wait and see what that thing would be.
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