Frequently Asked Questions
How can one person affect Climate Change?
We tend to view Climate Change as a massive undertaking, which it certainly is, but it is also a result of our individual choices. By making changes in how we use electric power, we can reduce the need to over-produce electricity to compensate for current inefficiencies.
Here is one way to affect Climate Change.
Electricity is delivered via an AC power grid, but 95% of all end devices use DC power, which requires full time AC-to-DC power conversion, even when the device is not in use. This causes what is known as "Vampire Loads", which can waste up to 10% or 200W-500W per device per day. The Personal Energy Platform eliminates Vampire Loads by delivering DC power to the device only when in use. There is no need for constant AC-to-DC power conversion.
One person reducing their power needs by 10% may not seem like it can impact Climate Change, but 100s of millions of people reducing by 10% can make a huge impact.
I rent an apartment, can this help lower my electric bill?
Yes, as an apartment resident you can use the Personal Energy Platform to lower your electric bill, it is not just another battery product. It is an intelligent power management system directly connected to your AC and DC devices that can store electricty at night when the rates are low and use that electricity during the day when rates are high. Often the differences in these rates range from $0.10/kWh up to $0.40/kWh, leading to a savings of $0.50 to $1.05 per day for the seasonal periods where rates are high and can fluctuate greatly.
These small savings may not seem like much on a daily basis, but they add up over time potentially lowering your electricity costs by $75 to $120 per year. By placing a solar panel on an apartment balcony or window and attaching to the Personal Energy Platform, these savings could be 2x to 3x higher.
Apartment dwellers are a vast untouched resource to lower the adverse impacts of our energy usage on climate. Think of 200 apartment residents with 5000Watts of Personal Energy Platform energy storage, that would equal 1 Megawatt of combined energy storage. 20K renters equals 100MW of energy storage that otherwise would go untapped. Shifting 100MW of nightly power to dsitributed Personal Energy Platform units would lower the demand during daily peak times, lowering resident costs and offsetting a utility's need to spend $100sM USD to build equivalent grid level energy storage capacity.
How can this help the 1.5 Billion without power?
We look to partner with other social benefit entities to incorporate our Personal Energy Platform's power management capabilties with existing community development programs around the globe. Providing a small amount of electric power can truly transform a person's life and lives of a community.
The Personal Energy Platform was designed to support all global grid voltage systems and dynamically recognizes and configures for those systems.
We want to be more than a product supplier, we want to enable individuals to become small business owners acting as a local resource in supporting electric power sytems for small devices. We have seen the benefits of bringing electric power to remote isolated communities; lighting for learning, radios, phones, electric tools to improve handcraft production, and the mixing of medicines.
All power grids, micro-grids, and solar generation facilities have a fixed boundary, the end of a wire. The Personal Energy Platform is portable and can work in concert with fixed power generation and delivery grids where they can be periodically charged up and then taken back to the remote location. The Personal Energy Platform supports a directly connected solar panel that can eliminate or prolong the need to return to the fixed generation source for recharging.
Can I use solar to charge the Personal Energy Platform?
Yes, the Personal Energy Platform has an integrated solar panel controller and you can plug a solar panel directly into the unit. When there is insufficient solar coverage, you can create a solar usage profile that directs the unit's battery backup capabilities to cover the 'cloudy day gap' for a few hours.
During normal operations when the Personal Energy Platform is connected to both grid power and solar power, it will automatically use solar power versus grid power, thus reducing one's electric utility bill and lowering your individual carbon footprint.
Why do we need to Think Differently about energy?
How we deliver and use electric energy has not changed that much over the past 150 years. Yet, there are many more devices and electric power has become a necessity in all aspects of our personal lives. We are unaware of the simple things each of us can to do to use electric power better.
If we think a little differently we can reduce our energy consumption by 10% -20% by reducing the waste and inefficiencies underlying this 150 year old system.
How can this help the 1.6 Billion with limited daily power?
Many communities have access to electric power, but suffer frequent, if not daily, lapses in power that can last a couple of hours or an entire day. Use of Personal Energy Platform units can smooth out these lapses of available power.
What is a Personal Enegy Platform?
Our Personal Energy Platform delivers power to your critical devices to help maintain your safety, security and communications during times of grid outages and provides daily cost savings by utilizing stored Off-Peak power during periods of highest priced On-Peak electricity rates. When grid outages do happen, the Personal Energy Platform autonomously provides an uninterruped battery backup power capability, without the requirement to swap individual device power cords.
Personal Energy Platform vs Whole House Energy Storage
The Personal Energy Platform provides the ability to leverage electric energy costs and provide backup power capabilities to individual devices. The Personal Energy Platform is not designed to power your whole house internal wiring circuits, instead focusing on your most critical devices and appliances.
Is the Personal Energy Platform just like other battery packs or power banks?
No, the Personal Energy Platform is not just another battery pack or power bank.
How green are your electrons? What are your decarbonization goals?
Electrons are not equally green. They are produced at individual power plants with varying degrees of dirty emissions through fossil fuel power generation: coal and natural gas. Toxic carbon emissions are hurled into the environment without your knowledge or consent. You just use the electricity coming via the wall outlet. This is not right!