Public Plug: sharing excessive energy
The Public Plug showcases the generation of excessive renewable energy by a plug that is publicly available.
Often those who are generating renewable energy have more than they actually need.
Sketch of a Public Plug
There needs to be a visible determinator to indicate the availability of power
In many communities it's possible to feed that into the system and get money back. This happens without anyone noticing it.
The Public Plug can be accessed publicly at the energy source.
E.g. if a city house has solar panels on its roof there will be a plug on street level. Whenever there is excessive energy, the plug is showing that it has power to share - maybe it is glowing.
What community does this idea benefit and who are the main players?
This idea is for renewable pioneers who have a running system for renewable energy. The plug is their "conversation piece" with the following messages:
- renewable energy is effective - I've got more than I actually need
- I'm generous and sharing my energy with you
How does your idea specifically help your community rapidly transition to renewables?
The Public Plug is a conversation starter to inspire more people to use renewable energy sources.
What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?
One could easily install a Public Plug prototype on a busy street in a sunny or windy city, start a conversation with some pics on social media and see what happens.
What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?
This idea needs some skilled designers and someone with a solid knowledge how the feed-in of excessive energy is managed in power circuits.
Please indicate which type of energy is most relevant to this post:
A combination of various types of renewable energy