A series of high-tech appliances are turning the lives of many Canadians into electricity-powered bliss.
From energy-efficient heating to smart lighting and even air conditioners, some of the most advanced electrical appliances are using the same principles as the electrical industry to power themselves.
Some of them are even making their own electricity.
Electric appliances are a growing trend across the globe, with more than one million electrical appliances already installed worldwide.
But how does one turn an appliance into electricity?
And why do they have to use the same technology as the appliance industry?
A growing number of countries are starting to experiment with electric-power generation.
In Australia, the Australian Energy Market Operator is encouraging manufacturers to take advantage of a technology called low-cost modular modules.
They’re small, lightweight and don’t require any special equipment or special tools to turn an electric appliance into an electric generator.
In Canada, a new model is helping electric-makers to create electricity in a variety of applications.
In Ontario, a local electric utility is using modular modules to generate electricity.
In Finland, a company called SolarPower has been developing a modular system to power its wind turbines.
It’s called a modular power station.
The company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the project.
With the power of modular power stations, solar panels, solar photovoltaic panels and other solar-powered products, many of the countries with the highest electricity demand are seeing a reduction in their electricity demand.
In the United States, solar power is powering nearly 80 per cent of U.S. electricity.
But some states, like California, are struggling to keep up with the growth of electric vehicles.
SolarPower is hoping to change that by making electric vehicles an integral part of the grid.
Electric cars can be plugged into a solar power plant, making them energy efficient.
The car’s batteries are stored in a solar farm, making the vehicle energy efficient too.
The batteries can be swapped out whenever they need power.
A small modular power system can also power electric vehicles without the need for additional equipment or installation.
SolarPower says the modular power plant is a cost-effective way to power electric cars.
The system costs about $10,000 to build, with the cost of batteries, solar farm and power lines all covered.
Solar Power is also looking to make the modular system available to electric-car owners in the United Kingdom.
The company has already invested $5 million in the project and is also considering funding to develop the modular module into a commercial product.
Solar-powered vehicles have been popular among U.K. motorists since Tesla launched the Model S sedan in 2009.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that the Model 3, expected later this year, will be able to make more than 500 kilometres on a single charge.