lundi 5 octobre 2015

Eco-Hacking: Open-Source Solutions for Energy Access

On August 15, 2015, scores of makers, engineers, designers, and mentors began to arrive at a 16th Century chateau west of Paris for five weeks of open source eco-hacking. Their goal: to refine and prototype a set of twelve open source hardware solutions for a sustainable low-carbon economy. The gathering is called POC21—for “proof of concept”—a cheeky play on “COP21” (the international climate summit scheduled to take place in Paris this December). POC21 transformed the castle and its idyllic grounds into a maker’s paradise: an open source laboratory, accelerator, and rapid prototyping facility. As one participant put it, “The geeks have officially stormed the castle.”
Several of the projects seek to change how we generate, conserve, and monitor the use of energy. Here, we profile three projects that aim to increase our control over our personal energy generation and consumption. If successful, their efforts will move us closer to an efficient, low-carbon, distributed energy system that can be adopted worldwide.
SunZilla and team
The SunZilla team with their existing prototype at POC21. Photo by Michael Floyd. 
SunZilla is an open source portable solar array. Its photovoltaic panels fold out of a central box that also houses the unit’s electrical system and battery power storage. The device was created by members of Bootschaft, a Berlin-based non-profit, to replace the portable diesel generators so often relied upon to power open-air events like music festivals

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