Scott Graham: Patenting the Internet of Things for Renewable Energy

Paul Donahue and Jeff Dankworth are trying to solve a problem few people knew we had: an over-abundance of renewable energy.

With so many rooftop solar panels and wind turbines adding extra power to California’s energy grid, the state is generating so much electricity at unpredictable times that it has occasionally been forced to pay Arizona to take some off its hands. Otherwise, California would have risked damage to its grid.

“This overgeneration surprised everyone in California because it came so much earlier than everyone expected,” said Dankworth, who is general counsel to startup company MelRok. The boom shows no sign of slowing down, as the state just ordered every new home built after 2020 be solar-equipped.

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