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Protecting the power grid: Advanced plasma switch for more efficient transmission -- ScienceDaily
low pressure, high voltage helium gas breakdown behavior for a plasma switch demonstrates 100 KV, might be able to do 300KV
inverter  high  voltage  DC  AC  conversion  plasma  switch  physics  research  technology  electricity  long  distance  transmission  hardware  electronics 
august 2018 by asteroza
Japan Renewable Energy Foundation
Softbank, via this JREF foundation, is pushing for an Asia Super Grid Plan, to pump power between china/korea/russia/japan.
japan  renewable  energy  foudnation  industry  advocacy  asia  supergrid  electricity  transmission  network  Delicious 
september 2016 by asteroza
TransActive Grid | Secure, transactional control of utility systems
Using blockchain ledgers to facilitate energy credit microtransactions between local neighborhood power producers and consumers. Not entirely crazy, in the sense that you are offloading net metering payment ops to a consumer distributed system. Doesn't necessarily solve the problem of power distribution control information sharing in a net metering environment though.
local  energy  microgrid  credit  transaction  bitcoin  blockchain  neighborhood  electricity  green  Delicious 
july 2016 by asteroza
Stem
Basically a battery based peak shifter appliance for small businesses, which can cut costs if you have time variable electricity pricing or some deal with the power company.
battery  appliance  electricity  peak  shift  shifter  hardware  electronics  devices  green  energy  storage  regulation  Delicious 
december 2013 by asteroza
Cultivation of an Obligate Fe(II)-Oxidizing Lithoautotrophic Bacterium Using Electrodes
Looks like they got rust making bacteria to live without iron, by simply supplying them electricity (electron substitute for iron oxides) and their regular diet of CO2. Which means you now have the basic foundation for a synthetic biofuel production system with electricity and CO2 inputs, provided you can tweak the bacteria to output biofuels directly like alcohols or oils, to be skimmed from a vat.
electron  bacteria  biofuel  substitute  electricity  research  biology  Delicious 
february 2013 by asteroza
Nanoscale Triboelectric-Effect-Enabled Energy Conversion for Sustainably Powering Portable Electronics - Nano Letters (ACS Publications)
Basically, this is a squeezing based power generator, on the small scale (nanogenerator). Possibly very well adapted to immediate connection with nearby/embedded capacitors to collect energy as a first stage, before transferring to long term larger storage.
scavenger  electricity  static  nanotechnology  technology  research  science  materials  collector  harvester  energy  kinetic  generator  power  triboelectric  Delicious 
november 2012 by asteroza
Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 126806 (2012): Cloaking Core-Shell Nanoparticles from Conducting Electrons in Solids
Could this potentially be used as a high temperature superconductor alternative (or at least a super high conductivity material with very low resistance), since if you trick the electrons into believing that there is nothing hindering them, there might be no resistance?
electricity  nanotechnology  technology  research  science  naterials  effect  cloaking  electron  nanoparticle  shell  core  Delicious 
october 2012 by asteroza
RIKEN | Press Release | 2012 | A New Route to Dissipationless Electronics
Interesting work on a actual magnetic topological insulator. In theory this should allow reductions in line transmission losses. But this needs magnetic materials, and currently requires cryogenic cooling, so on the face of it, it isn't much better than current high temperature superconductors. Might be more applicable to chip scale stuff, especially if they can get the working temperature up.
dirac  fermion  ferromagnetism  magnetic  topological  insulator  quantum  anomalous  hall  effect  materials  science  research  technology  power  transmission  energy  electricity  current  Delicious 
august 2012 by asteroza
WiTricity Corp. Home — Wireless Electricity Delivered Over Distance
Apparently this uses magnetic resonance coupling tunnels to literally run a stream/string of power from the pad to the receiver, obviating the need for direct proximity and alignment (Qi I think does require alignment/proximity since it uses magnetic induction).
GE  WiTricity  wireless  power  transmission  transfer  energy  electricity  magnetic  resonanace  coupling  Delicious 
july 2011 by asteroza
North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI)
Using GPS time for measurements. Which is interesting considering the large FAA notice on GPS disruptions near the Carolina coast.
synchrophasor  phasor  PMU  FNET  electricity  power  quality  data  sharing  sensor  network  smartgrid  operations  research  statistics  analytics  metrics  Delicious 
april 2011 by asteroza
Power IT Lab - FNET
If smart meters have FNET style hardware, it gives a much better view of the grid, at potentially much lower cost and scalability. Is there going to be this oddball convergence of home DSL/fiber optic modem routers, GSM femtocells, and FNET power sensors?
FNET  low  cost  networked  frequency  disturbance  recorder  hardware  power  electricity  quality  sensor  grid  smartgrid  smartmeter  measurement  electronics  devices  statistics  analytics  metrics  Delicious 
april 2011 by asteroza
Taming the flame: Electrical wave 'blaster' could provide new way to extinguish fires
Oh wow, an electric blaster gun to snuff out (some types of) fires! Couple this with that ion trick to make sprinkler water seek out flames, and you have a winner for enclosed spaces.
DARPA  flame  fire  suppression  defense  technology  electricity  electrical  wave  blaster  enclosed  space  firefighting  extinguisher  safety  Delicious 
march 2011 by asteroza
Solar energy harvesting in the epicuticle of the oriental hornet (Vespa orientalis)
Hornets may have the equivalent of a dye sensitized solar cell embedded in their shell to provide auxiliary power and energy?!?
insect  solar  power  generator  xanthopterin  hornet  biology  electricity  electron  biophysics  physics  materials  science  research  technology  photosynthesis  dye  sensitized  Delicious 
december 2010 by asteroza
Small-scale waterwheel hydropower generating buzz across Japan - The Mainichi Daily News
Considering most "rivers" and "brooks" are concrete ditches in japan, it's not that big of a deal to put in a small waterwheel for auxiliary power. I think the trick would be to design in energy storage at the waterwheel to be released during the daytime, if the water wheels are located in more rural areas. Possibly a simpler route to test early distributed grid generation capacity?
japan  low  flow  waterhweel  hydroelectric  power  generator  green  energy  retrofit  river  brook  small  form  factor  impact  electricity  Delicious 
november 2010 by asteroza
Official Google Blog: The wind cries transmission
The other shoe drops regarding Google being a power broker. This offshore long distance transmission line network kills two birds with one stone; power leveling wind turbine output by averaging over a large geographic area, and new long distance transmission capacity with little to no NIMBY blockage (because it's very difficult to block what people can't see and is beyond the 12 mile limit) carrying power from southern US power producers (which includes the new nuclear reactors in Georgia). No other major power broker can probably bring online such large north-south transmission capacity using existing rights-of-way, and will likely have to either buy into the project at a disadvantage, or end up getting screwed by Google later in the power spot markets.
google  renewable  investment  green  energy  atlantic  wind  connection  connector  AWC  offshore  deepwater  turbine  power  generator  interlinkage  linkage  backhaul  long  distance  undersea  subsea  underwater  ocean  cable  network  transmission  backbone  electricity  Delicious 
october 2010 by asteroza
RCA's Airenergy charger converts WiFi energy to electricity
Interesting for a nomad/homeless with tech gadgets, leeching power out the air (which the police can't bust you for, as opposed to using an unattended power socket)
RCA  Airenergy  wifi  wireless  signal  capture  recharger  recharge  remote  electricity  ambient  power  storage  parasite  leech  battery  energy  green  air  Tesla  Delicious 
september 2010 by asteroza
Intel's experimental sensor analyzes appliance power consumption from single outlet -- Engadget
Interesting concept from intel for remote power consumption measurement of devices. Fixes the chicken-and-egg problem of needing smarthome/smartmeter/smartgrid compatible appliances that can directly report consumption to be able to measure granular energy consumption in a home. It still won't provide true remote control (smarthome may be able to shut down individual outlets as a broad measure), but it's a decent way to retrofit existing homes and appliances. Though Intel or somebody is going to make simple inline smarthome compatible power controllers for appliances at prices that manufacturers will live with (assuming there isn't a government mandate forcing the integration) eventually...
intel  smartgrid  smarthome  smartmeter  home  appliance  remote  electricity  consumption  measurement  meter  sensor  metrics  analytics  power  green  energy  Delicious 
april 2010 by asteroza
Grid Net | News: Grid Net Announces Cisco Investment
And now the 500lbs gorilla walks into the smartgrid/smartmeter communications space...
Cisco  gridNet  wimax  smartgrid  smartmeter  SMART  grid  electricity  power  green  energy  distributed  data  intelligence  management  network  Delicious 
april 2010 by asteroza
Next Big Future: Direct conversion of radiation into electricity using carbon nanotubes and a separate new approach to thermoelectrics
A direct nuclear radiation to electricity conversion cycle, using tiles covered in gold, and filled with a carbon nanotube and lithium hydride matrix. I think the carbon nanotubes are the conductors, I think.
direct  nuclear  radiation  electricity  conversion  cycle  gold  lithium  hydride  carbon  nanotube  tile  power  generator  green  energy  Delicious 
april 2009 by asteroza
Access : Superinsulator and quantum synchronization : Nature
superinsulator shells protecting superconducting wires could improve electrical transmission systems, may have applications in battery/capacitor technology for energy storage as an alternative to or upgrade/addon to SMES
green  energy  superconductor  film  electricity  thin  titanium  nitride  superinsulator  Delicious 
march 2009 by asteroza
Greener Gadgets | Power-Hog | Mathieu Zastawny, Mansour Ourasanah, Tom Dooley, Peter Byar, Elysa Soffer, Mathieu Turpault
Naturally, the original socket would need to be defended to prevent bypass. But, this could be a good secondary income source for cafes and airports that are trying to fight off power leechers.
energy  control  hardware  electronics  devices  electricity  operated  switch  coin  meter  on-demand  power-hog  pay-as-you-go  Delicious 
february 2009 by asteroza
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