INDEX is the world’s biggest design award – with the aim of promoting design to improve human lives worldwide, in developed and developing countries.
The 13-member jury of international persons of influence discuss, evaluate and advocate design that, through innovation, demonstrates the impact of creativity in the world. And the INDEX goes to…TESLA POWERWALL. The American electric car manufacturer used its car battery research to create a battery system to meet household needs. The Powerwall is a groundbreaking design, looking toward the future of power usage in all parts of the world.
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Viewed as a revolution in energy consumption, the technology meets the challenge of sustainable use on personal, local, national, and global levels. The solar-powered, lithium-ion batteries will allow owners to store energy generated during the day and use it at night, allowing them to avoid buying electricity from utility providers in the evenings at peak rates. This will lead to increased independence from the power grid, as well as a backup solution in case of a power outage.
In the words of one of the jury members, “The design is an inspiration to the industry and has great capacity to revolutionize the entire system of power generation.”
The units sell (approximate retail price is $3500) with a 10-year guarantee and are sufficient to power most homes, even during peak hours use. Multiple batteries may be grouped to accommodate greater energy needs.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is a world renowned entrepreneur, inventor, and engineer, and CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity. Founded in 2003, Tesla Motors has evolved from electric vehicle manufacturer into a technology and design company with a focus on energy innovation.