Taking green technology beyond labs into vast deserts and fields can rack up some significant hardware costs. So significant that the success of the project often depends on a company’s ability to drive the costs down.
IdeaLab CEO Bill Gross, whose eSolar solar farm has about 24,000 moving mirrors that track the sun to collect energy, has come up with a rule of thumb about ordering hardware parts for his projects.
It is all about size – from quantity of the order to measurements of the parts. Specifically, it’s about mass-producing everything and making it all fit in a shipping container. And then it’s about making installation so easy that a caveman could do it.
Watch more of his tips about managing production below, and don’t miss the full interview with Bill Gross >
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