Athena Energy is a team of engineers with a vision to make solar energy open to everyone. That is why we are inviting you to join the Kickstarter community for our EnergyBridge launch. Energybridge is a system designed provide stored energy backup and solar power in one complete system. Our goal is to introduce our EnergyBridge system to supporters this spring with the opportunity to help provide Project Mexico with three of our solar power systems. We feel that giving the orphanage access to energy independence and solar power is part of an earth-friendly future that can help add a little more sunshine to the Project Mexico mission. Check out the EnergyBridge page on Kickstarter to learn more about the Athena Energy project and support them on their goal to share the power of the sun. learn more at www.athenaenergysolar.com
James recently contacted Athena Energy about installing solar in his home. His question was about the cost/benefit of a stand-alone system. Here is my reply
Good to hear from you! I would be happy to answer your question about cost/benefit. As you know solar panels have gotten cheap enough that you can buy from places like sunelec.com for $0.38/W. If you add qty(4) 220W panels to our basic ASI-1000 grid-tie system then you will have about 700W AC output for several hours/day. This will get you about 1 MWhr of energy per year or about $300. The return on investment will be about 4-5 years, then factor in the federal rebate and your return on investment could go down to 3 years.
For homes that operate completely off-the-grid you need to add the extra cost of a transfer switch and batteries to the equation. We recommend a transfer switch because there may be situations where you need to supplement power with a generator. Our system mates well with the very popular Honda 2000i. So a totally off-grid home will have the added expense of batteries (about $1000) and a generator (another $1000). This extra expense will put the power system up at about $5000. The benefits of such a system are complete autonomy but it would take at least 10 years to make a payoff. In certain situations you can factor in the cost savings of not having to pay the utility to bring power to a remote home.
Hope this helps!
Dimos at Athena Energy.
The posted photo is the living room of an off-grid summer home with a 400W solar panel system being upgraded to 800W
As the northeast digs out of the recent blizzard, I read that Massachusetts alone is dealing with 113,000 power outages. Of these, I am sure a small percentage of people have access to backup power. The irony in most storms, especially the big ones, is that the sun comes out. Why not take advantage of this for energy storage and banking the power to use the next night. Multi-day power outages are no joke, and running basics like a phone, coffee maker, fridge, lights, and internet is a link to civilization. The Athena Energy solar backup is not your tiny solar-powered-cellphone charger. It is a power system you can use every day, to provide backup power and to save you money on electric bills. The Athena Energy backup is powerful and safe; providing energy to a full-sized fridge and certifications for safety in your home installation. No fuel or fumes come from this backup because you use solar panels to provide energy to charge the batteries during the day. Contact Athena Energy for details and help sizing your complete system. Be ready when your lights go out with the Athena Energy solar backup.
Hello friends of Kickstarter! Thanks again to our supporters for the Solar Energy Harvesting BoosterPack.
We had some excellent press today from our friends at MSP430launchpad.
Read the review to get the latest skinny on the operation of this project and solar energy harvester board. Also…we feel positive about launching the board on our website in its basic form. With your kickstarter support we can go live with a radio, do the arduino version, and get the cost way down.
Thanks again for your support, lets make that kickstarter goal so we can get these great little systems to you!
Sincerely: Dimos Katsis and Jason Zsak
Hello and good morning! I have finally posted inverter brochures so you can learn about our growing family of renewable energy offerings.
Please follow this link to learn more about the ASI-1000 family of PV mini-grid and rural electrification systems.
We’re excited to announce our Energy Harvesting BoosterPack for the TI LaunchPad development systems. Instead of doing a traditional product launch, we’re using Kickstarter as our launch platform. You can check out Kickstarter here and our project’s webiste here. We really like the Kickstarter model and think it will work well for us. Once we get funded, we’ll be adding this to our product line. Stay tuned to our project’s website for further updates!
One of the nice things about making measurement tools is seeing the results from users. Athena Energy’s Rogowski Coil probe was recently used to investigate wireless power using Efficient Power Conversion’s (EPC) eGaN FETs. The 6.78 MHz operating frequency under test pushes traditional MOSFETs to the limit but is promising due to the fast switching characteristics of EPC’s eGaN FET. Click here for the full article from Power Electronics Technology.
Athena Energy is excited to announce that we are manufacturing our 1000W grid-tie solar inverter. This system allows the homeowner to install a system anywhere around the house and simply plug it into a wall outlet. Yes, this inverter can also be used to provide backup AC power…just flip the switch on the bottom to OFF-GRID mode.
Athena Energy announces a new low-noise improvement to our high performance line of rogowski probes. The low noise improvements will allow an additional 6 dB of noise rejection for your current measurements. Contact us through the website or through firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Athena Energy is working on a low-cost grid-tie inverter. It will allow the homeowner to install a system without special certifications and in less than an afternoon. We are excited about this new product and are happy to accept inquiries for our product launch. We are looking to start selling our new inverters July 2012.
Send us a note: email@example.com
in the meantime check out my presentation on a previous solar power conference! ttu-fall2009 grid tie solar energy