The age of electricity
Most would agree that it's desirable to become greener in our energy production and consumption. While there's a great deal of 'green' reporting on new technology and future products, it is sometimes difficult to tell what is practical and working today, rather than still in the lab.
An electrical engineer living in Silicon Valley, I'll be using these pages to document a number of projects moving our household towards more efficient energy practices. As an inquisitive engineer, I will be emphasizing technology, analysis and measurements; you can expect some math, but I model in Excel spreadsheets, so there is nothing too complicated. After deriving results, I usually cross-checking for sanity as well as giving an explanation of the underlying technology.
Most of the initial postings will cover our rooftop solar panels, and their performance over the first year of operation. I'm also interested in solar hot water and electric vehicles.
I hope you'll be as fascinated by the advance of this new field of technology and applications as I am.
Guide to other pages
kilowatt-house is concerned with energy usage, conservation and green energy for the home. It starts with solar electricity, and continues by discussing insulation, efficiency and solar hot water system design.
kilowatt-car is about electric cars. Most of the work here is concerned with modeling performance of a forthcoming electric conversion for my favorite Jaguar XJ8L, but there is plenty of scope for commentary on more novel vehicle designs, and on battery and motor technology.
climate change is a series of notes about global warming and the science behind it. I'm not focused on this, but it's of interest to all of us. Whether or not you share the belief, the world is changing because others do!
I'll be adding more pages as the muse strikes.
About the author
Having arrived in Silicon Valley 26 years ago, I've seen several technology waves change our world: the personal computing, telecom, datacom and Internet revolutions have driven astonishing advances. I am hopeful that green energy will match them in transforming our lives.
The driving force behind this site is a rather child-like need to understand how things work, and I find explanation helps with comprehension. I apologise for such self-indulgence wherever it may be evident.
I write with a pseudonym; not for absolute secrecy, but to separate this personal activity from my day to day work.