Why Don’t the Engineers Get It?

Why Don’t the Engineers Get It?

January 14, 2016 |

The team is just back from CES and I have to say, it is an amazing show, but also exhausting: five days of new technology, shiny bling, and engineer after engineer wanting to know how the SunPort works.

Interestingly, it was the finance people, not the engineers, who immediately understood our answers.

I think maybe SunPort was just too simple for the engineers. They wanted to hear about some stunning new technology, but measuring current flow? That’s not glamorous. We’ve known how to do that for a long time.

When you get right down to it, the magic behind SunPort isn’t physics or engineering as much as it is information.

One of the bloggers over at Understanding Solar wrote a good explanatory article on how this system works. Quotes I loved:

This way to go solar would not have been possible before the age of Big Data.

So you really are using solar when you plug it in, but just not where you can see the solar panels necessarily. Its all on a balance sheet somewhere.

Exactly. Plug in SunPort and the information links you back to a solar farm. Supply and demand change, not the physics of electrical transmission.

I try to avoid saying “accounting”, but that’s basically what it is. Oh well. The technology might not be exciting, but at least the possibilities are.. like for example solar drone racing!