Storms in 2011 inspired Markus Loeffler to solve the problem of power outages. After going for days without electricity, having food going bad, and his kid not being able to do his homework due to lack of internet, Loeffler stepped outside and saw the sun. When there is an extended outage, food in refrigerators gets spoiled, and lack of internet can cause problems for doing research, or work. By taking one solar panel and a battery, you can create your own home-based power grid. UNplug can power a refrigerator, a laptop, and a modem for internet. The battery stores electricity allowing for electricity when the solar panel is not collecting.
This technology will save food from being wasted, and allow people to not get behind on work. This technology can be used even when you have power as a power saving method. It is reliable and will save you money. UNplug has an app that it will connect to where you can track savings. The goal of UNplug “is to bring ownership of energy into every household, we can all become more independent and be more sustainable at the same time. The technology is there and the costs are lower than ever.” Inspried by Jeremy Rifkin, Loeffler wants to replace one centralized power plant by pulling one million refrigerators partially off of the power grid.
“Go green, reduce your energy footprint and spread the idea of distributed energy production!”
Written by: Elise Mazur, AGS Intern on June 18, 2015