Thursday, July 24, 2014

Honey, I shrunk the inverter and Google paid me $1M

That energy gizmo you've been tinkering with in the garage might be worth a cool $1 million.

ZD Net
reports today that Google 
announced the Little Box challenge in May, encouraging the development of a solution to transform a power inverter into something suitable for home use.


"The tech giant challenged innovators and engineers to take a power inverter, a device used to convert renewable energy including solar and wind before transforming it into suitable current for the home and vehicles, and shrink it. Entrants into the contest are asked to take a power inverter and map out a solution to make these large devices into the size of a small laptop, roughly a tenth of its current size."


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"In other words, Google wants someone to build a kW-scale inverter with a power density greater than 50W per cubic inch. In return, the tech giant and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Power Electronics Society will give you $1 million as a reward," says ZD Net.
Sound like something you might want to take a crack at? Read the full story here.
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