Prepared for Mark Rabin, Portable Electric
Meeting arranged for: 20th May 2022
Present in meeting: , , ,
1. Solarcubes - Raison D’etre
3. Ecosystem mapping - collaboration opportunities outlined
4. Target market research
5. Next immediate steps - to be discussed on call
1. Solarcubes - Raison D’etre
Powering communities with solar energy made accessible by Portable Electric On a mission to go off-grid and co-own energy
Communities to co-own Regen assets by democratising access to solar power Create an on-chain rewarding mechanism, a Store of Power, if you will that measures and rewards consumption Build for a Regen future igniting local communities to contribute and gain value from solar energy generation, consumption, and a evenly distributed replacement for load-shedding Create an effective PoC which we can now move toward scaling and deploying to multiple use cases: Natural Disasters, Emergency Response, First Responder Scenarios, Network Grids and Meshes, Satellite Communication Networks, Last Mile Connectivity, Data-Over-Power, and anywhere cubed power might be needed.
2. Background and Project Scope
As Gitcoin stated in their recent , ‘ImpactDAOs are the atomic building blocks of regenerative cryptoeconomies’
The purpose of this doc is to accumulate what has been discussed over the course of the past weeks between Solarcubes and Portable Electric. To set some context for the market and developments towards peer-to-peer access and rewards.
a. What is the thesis we want to test?
If there was ever a space that needed updated and technically-enabled accountability mechanisms, new incentive structures for both global coordination, local oversight with ownership, and a broader understanding of interdependence and collective flourishing; it’s energy.
There are approaches to building resilient/sustainable energy infrastructure that can be tackled. For example, by distributing the ability to co-produce, co-own, and co-transact renewable energy to more communities, and build local resilience in energy infrastructure In order to obtain this, there should be financial or incentive models in place to not only reward individual’s for their usage but their contribution to the node or network. This method helps to decentralise access and encourage sustainable best practices With this in mind, if you have the protocol and co-ordination to ignite local communities to partake, then this could remove away from issues faced currently in the rigid renewable energy access due to differences in grid ecosystem per location. To expand with the ability of protocol forking mechanisms, communities can now fork frameworks to benefit their specific needs
With all this mind, the thesis we wish to test is:
a. Do micro-communities want access to co-owned energy resources to enable them to reach an off-grid and sustainable future?
If so what are the optimal mechanisms to achieve this approach through reliant blockchain protocols and tokenised communities.
b. And on the contrary, do the energy suppliers have an appetite to reach network effects through IRL communities?
If so what is their metric for success and driving factor in doing so? i.e. foreseeable mass adoption.
b. Working towards a Regen model?
Regenerative models have the ability to leave resources intact, or replenishes them with use such that they do not deplete over time. Making the approach follow sustainable best practices Rather than externalising its true costs, regeneration incorporates and overcomes the cost of resource use through resource generation Regenerative approaches are based on co-operation
The various consumptions types that can be found in consumer and large-scale production industries. Depending on the implementation and architecture of the system, it can range from zero-sum to positive-sum in. (source: Amentum)
c. Understand the scope of the project as it currently stands
As the project currently stands, we have outlined and are continuing to find and discuss this approach with IRL DAO communities to understand their off-grid milestones and needs Clearly this opens up new opportunities for a supplier like Portable Electric to tap into a new market growing not just organised in the form of DAOs but also eco-village communities who not only want access to power but also need the incentive models and infrastructure We have in the next section, an approach we see fitting this thesis that we would like to test with a key energy supplier and a leading IRL DAO community
3. Ecosystem Mapping
a. Energy supplier identified
- supplier resources and relevant product specs Largest unit, the Voltstack 30k is a scalable "microgrid hub" It can come on a trailer, or can be dropped off and placed on a skid (sans trailer) There are different configurations for the solar array, that could act as a shade structure, and some that would just be a simple ground mount Opportunity to innovate on the plug and play solar array/solar structure. It has to be able to be assembled in under a day, and be easy to transport. The main concept here is around "mobile regenerative infrastructure". so it can be moved around as required Over time, this same form and factor for the 30k will be able to house a 50k or even 100k power system. For now it's all about getting proven technology out into the field (de-risk the tech) and sorting out the business model/community model around the infrastructure The 30k can also be branded in any way, even wrapped, so there are opportunities for "co-marketing/branding" Most popular unit - around 500 in the field today called Voltstack 5k. This can be paired with a 2.4kW solar array and can be charged in a little under 3hrs from empty. The 5k is super nimble, and ideal for rapid deployment and set up time. And can be decentralised and distributed in nature "Sunstack" portable arrays. These solar generators can compliment the 30k systems case study: Curtis Stone, off-grid guy, has 500k Youtube followers, and used our Voltstack 5k + 1.8kW solar to power his whole operation and build phase for 8 months. A short video of him speaking about the system. Curtis stone used this unit with a 1.8kW solar array All of units have onboard telematics (developed in-house) called Neuron OS, which we can take in a number of rad directions, from energy and CO2 offset data, user data, notifications, and business model innovation, and geospatial energy data
b. Network map and incentive models
Tiered partnership approach:
supplier partnership for commercialisation projects research partnership with collaborative IP preferred partner for full access to protocol services preferred technology vendor for other projects shared technology development lifecycle analysis & insights forkable incentive models
4. Target Market Research
c. Lay of the Land
Markets and locations to consider when thinking about project scope/expansion
This article here outlines the ability to unlock potential in Global South markets, that some believe is one of the fundamental methods to achieve the climate Paris Agreement (source ). Experts state the involvement of the Global South in climate could provide opportunities Another example is facilitating resilient community micro-grids, potentially building out a network of foundational infrastructure to power regenerative agriculture, seed-saving, and community food projects (we actually have a member in our community that we will be using for this). For example, this case study, a peer-to-peer electricity trading network for rural households with and without solar home systems in Shariatpur, Bangladesh. Another example is , a company that aims to use crypto to facilitate decentralised energy transactions in Puerto Rico