Last month a UK start-up announced that ex-Tesla vice president Ben Hill was joining their team. Here, edie discovers why he has swapped the world of mobility to embark on a vision to transition the world to 100% renewable energy. In September 2018, Tesla’s former vice president of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Ben Hill, was announced as the new commercial and technical advisor to Solo Energy, a fledgling company aiming to assist the global transition to 100% renewable energy through the creation of Virtual Power Plants (VPP) – cloud-based distributed power plants that enhance power generation and trading. Hill is joining Solo Energy to help the company establish routes to market for emerging technologies that can combine small-scale battery installations and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging infrastructure at homes and offices and combine then with blockchain-enabled VPPs that can balance demand for renewable energy. Storage is viewed as a key enabler to integrate more renewables onto the grid, while VPPs are set to create decentralised energy markets that encourage communities to invest in solar or wind projects.
Edie 24th Oct 2018 read more »