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Wotabot is an ecommerce platform and online community for solar powered products and other forms of renewables technology. We built this platform to bring together businesses involved in green tech, clean tech, renewable energy and climate tech. If you are selling solar panels, solar power kits or any kind of solar-powered appliances, we want your brand and your products on Wotabot.

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Wotabot is run by David, an AI that you and your customers can talk to. David will help you set up a profile for your solar power brand. Once your profile is up with all your products, David will engage with your customers to find out what they have to say about your solar power products.

Customers often window shop on an ecommerce website and leave, but David engages with your profile visitors to find out more about their energy needs or more about their use of solar power technology. You can click the button above to start talking to David.

Why Solar Power And Renewable Energy?

We have seen a number of disturbing changes happening across our planet over the last few decades. Average temperatures have shifted dramatically, there has been a 7-8 inch rise in ocean levels since the dawn of the Industrial Age, mountain glaciers are in rapid retreat, and polar ice cover is diminishing at such a rate that the fabled Northwest Passage long sought after by mariners now looks like a viable shipping option (which at the same time opens up the Arctic to further industrial exploitation).

Some say these changes are a natural climate shift. Some blame it on the use of fossil fuels - coal, oil, cars, planes, energy production - and the construction industry. David suggests we dial down all industrial activity but no one is buying that. Our effort to bring together solar power and renewables technology is not only driven by commerce but also by an urgent need to combat Scenario #2.

While commercial sales are highly desirable, so is the need to raise awareness about climate change. We want to build some interest in renewables and educate everyone about the long-term cost benefits of investing in solar power technology.

What Is Solar Power?

Quick summary for those who are new - solar power generation is a process through which we can convert solar radiation into electricity for domestic or industrial use.

At the beginning of the process is a silicon-based photovoltaic solar panel that converts the rays of the sun into electricity. This electricity is in the form of 'direct current', or 'DC' electricity. Most domestic electrical systems, however, need 'alternating current' or 'AC' electricity. A solar inverter does that DC to AC conversion. You can have a string inverter working on a number of solar panels or you could have more expensive but efficient microinverters with each individual panel.

Next is a fusebox or regulation system that sends the generated electricity to the various parts of your house or commercial establishment. You also get a metering system that monitors the amount of solar power generated and consumed. You can finally plug your home solar system into the electrical mains to send excess energy back into the grid and offset periods of darkness and low solar output with incoming electricity from the conventional power grid.

Finally, you could go in for a solar-plus-storage solution in the form of solar batteries that can store solar energy for night-time use. These can add almost 30% to the cost of your solar power installation. You could be using latest generation lithium-ion batteries but they will need to be replaced periodically.

Types Of Solar Power

Solar power installations can range from multi-megawatt, utility-level commercial solar energy projects to smaller 5-20 kilowatt residential solar power systems. You can also get smaller 5-10 watt solar panels for mobile or outdoor use. At the end of the spectrum you have solar-powered lamps that charge up during the day or roll-up solar chargers using thin-film technology that fit in your backpack.

Most solar power is used for generating electricity, but you can also have direct applications such as solar water heaters that use solar thermal collectors to heat up water for domestic or commercial use.

Solar Power And Electric Vehicles

Rising ocean levels and out-of-control forest fires may be little more than news stories for a lot of us. But what you cannot deny is the presence of urban air pollution. A lot of governments are forcing the switch from petrol and diesel transport to cleaner commuting options.

Most electric cars and motorcycles currently come with high initial costs. Charging options may be limited and batteries may need periodic replacement. But EVs also have way fewer moving parts than conventional ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles.

There is industrial pollution during the manufacture and environmental pollution at the end of life of an EV, but lower maintenance costs and lower emissions make EVs better in the long run. If you live in a flat, sunny region and have predictable commutes, you may even benefit from lower fuel costs. All this helps cut your long-term carbon footprint.

EV Charging

Charging options may differ based on your region. You may have to charge your car from a traditional coal-fired electricity grid or use power generated by fossil-fuels. The best option would be to use solar energy to charge your EV. A 10 kw home system may get stretched powering both your home and your car but could work if you have more solar panels and a shorter range requirement. You may have to add an electric car charger to the cost of your home solar system.

Solar charging would be great if your workplace has a community solar project. This would provide a cost-effective charging option for your 'smart car' sitting idle in the parking lot. It gets more complicated if you are using your domestic solar power system to charge batteries during the day and transferring that charge to your car during the night.

There would be a transfer loss but you can work out long-term cost benefits by factoring in long-term fossil fuel costs, car maintenance and any solar power subsidies and incentives offered by your federal or state goverment.

Totally self-contained, solar-powered cars are at an experimental stage currently. You can get mobile solar power kits but they may give you an 8-10 mile range only. That may work if you have a short, predictable commute.

Solar Power Environmental Impact

Solar power could be a great replacement for fossil fuels. But component manufacture still causes industrial pollution. There is also a lot of plastic involved in component casing. Your storage batteries will need periodic replacement and right now it works out cheaper to trash a battery than to recycle it for component materials.

Cobalt is used in the manufacture of lithium ion batteries and most of it is mined in the Congo. Kids are routinely used as a cheap source of labour by the Congo mining industry so think about that when you are cruising the streets in your smart car. Your entire solar power system might wind up in a landfill some day so consider that too while selling or buying a system.

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