Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
Prolific inventor and Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur Kent Kernahan and partners believe they're on to a way for US inventors, and local governments and communities to play a direct, pivotal role in revitalizing US manufacturing and job growth. Through their latest ventures, Ideal PV and Locally Grown Power, they're looking to leverage Kernahan's latest solar power innovations in building solar PV panel plants with local governments and community groups that will produce and consume clean, renewable power locally and sustainably over the long term.

Clean Power

Locally Produced, Consumed Solar Power & Inventor Nationalism: A New Model to Spur US Manufacturing & Job Growth

Prolific inventor and Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur Kent Kernahan and partners believe they’re on to a way for US inventors, and local governments and communities to play a direct, pivotal role in revitalizing US manufacturing and job growth. Through their latest ventures, Ideal PV and Locally Grown Power, they’re looking to leverage Kernahan’s latest solar power innovations in building solar PV panel plants with local governments and community groups that will produce and consume clean, renewable power locally and sustainably over the long term.


Our current economic malaise — a dispiriting lack of good job creation in particular — has lots of people examining present day US political economy and thinking about ways to rectify the situation. Prolific inventor and ‘serial’ entrepreneur Kent Kernahan is among them.

Working out of his home base in Cupertino, California, Kernahan has not only come up with a new way to solve a glaring safety and performance problem to do with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and installations, he’s come up with a simple, elegant public-private business model that could stimulate growth in US jobs, manufacturing and local economies. It bypasses the need to pass new legislation of any kind, doesn’t call for any corporate subsidies, tax breaks or bailouts, and it won’t require consumers footing the bill for higher electricity costs – quite the contrary actually.

Actually a combination of two ventures — Ideal PV and Locally Grown Power, Kernahan’s latest start-up not only draws on the intellectual property (IP) he’s recently developed, it’s based on his growing commitment to a concept he’s dubbed “Inventor Nationalism.”

In essence, “Inventor Nationalism” calls on US inventors to step up and exercise greater ownership and control of their inventions by stipulating that corporations or other businesses acquiring rights to their patents only use them within the US for an initial period of time, say five years.

All well and good, but can the business model and “Inventor Nationalism” actually stand up in a “globalized” economic and financial system that’s come to be dominated by large, multinational corporations? Kernahan and his partners are going to find out. They’re now working to put their technology and business model to the test.

A Virtuous Economic Circle

A serial entrepreneur with scads of experience creating and starting up power conversion and high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, Kernahan told Clean Technica that he has been awarded 43 patents, most of them novelty patents. His latest are the basis for ArrayPower’s Sequenced Inverter, which the company presented at the Solar Power International (SPI) trade show in Dallas last week.

Kernahan’s since become fixated on coming up with a business model that’s more socially conscious and nationalistic, you could say patriotic, than that offered and pursued by venture capitalists, Wall Street investment banks and US business executives working for your typical multinational corporation.

Kernahan’s interest in Inventor Nationalism grew alongside his being troubled by the decline of US manufacturing and associated lack of good job creation. Looking to find a way to address these issues, he’s drawn inspiration from local, public-private economic stimulus and development projects, such as construction of stadiums, event venues.

It’s also in the spirit of locally-focused, socially responsible economic development like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Drawing on his talents and expertise, Kernahan has come up with his own variation on the theme.

Through Ideal PV and Locally Grown Power, Kernahan and partners are looking to strike up partnerships with community non-profits and municipalities to build solar panel manufacturing factories in their communities.

Ideal PV and Locally Grown Power will supply the intellectual property and the expertise needed to build and get the factories operational. Locally Grown Power will also work with the local organizations to hire and train unemployed workers – preferably those with a basic, requisite skill set – to assemble and install the solar PV systems in the city or community.

Page 1 of 3

On to Page 2: Public-Private Partnerships & Technological Innovation

 
 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica member, supporter, or ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

New Podcast: Forecasting EV Sales And EV Battery & Metal Prices — Interview with BloombergNEF's Head of Clean Power Research

Pages: 1 2 3

Written By

I've been reporting and writing on a wide range of topics at the nexus of economics, technology, ecology/environment and society for some five years now. Whether in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Americas, Africa or the Middle East, issues related to these broad topical areas pose tremendous opportunities, as well as challenges, and define the quality of our lives, as well as our relationship to the natural environment.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Batteries

Sungrow is apparently the world leader in solar power inverter solutions, and it announced recently that it crossed 10 gigawatts (GW) of cumulative inverter...

Batteries

In this year-like-no-other, the fate of clean energy has definitely been a mixed bag. Here are 6 top clean energy stories from 2020: 3...

Clean Power

One of the greatest side benefits of climate action is that it creates a lot of jobs. Not only that — it creates a...

Batteries

China's largest solar-plus-storage project has been connected to the grid. How big is it — 500 megawatts (MW)? 700 MW? 1,100 MW? Nope, we're...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.