The SHPEGS Project. Stands for Solar Heat Pump Electrical Generation System. Basically they’re trying to build a photovoltaics system to store and use solar energy efficiently. The difference here is they’re doing it in the open, no patents, no lawyers, just an open dialogue. Love it.
This is a project to design and build a system that uses a combination of direct and indirect solar collection to generate electricity and store thermal energy in an economical, environmentally friendly, scalable, reliable, efficient and location independent manner using common construction materials. The project is being managed with a similar methodology to Open Source Software Development and the ideas and contributions are being published openly on the Internet without an attempt to secure patents. The hope is that with an open philosophy that the project shows similar Rapid Application Development and success as Linux and other Open Source Software projects and provides a system that can meet future energy requirements in a sustainable manner.