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Point-Of-Use Power Generation

| 7/24/2019 10:22:00 AM

 Is it any wonder this is not sustainable?

Rethinking the Existing Power Grid

As the world enters into a new solar minimum, the chances of a massive coronal mass ejection are dampened at the very least, though still a factor that should not be entirely dismissed altogether. The potential for an electromagnetic pulse are a far more unsettling possibility, as such an occurrence would likely be ringing in the commencement of hostilities between nations … in which case electrical energy may not be the most pressing of concerns. Still, despite all of this, the electrical power grid is old, unstable, vulnerable to numerous causes of failure and expensive and time-consuming to replace. As such, it seems not only beneficial, but even prudent to consider the potential for point of use energy production devices.

The electrical grid is not sustainable by any stretch in its current form. There is a vast difference between a coronal mass ejection or CME and an electromagnetic pulse which bears noting, even in passing. An electromagnetic pulse is a very high frequency event that will effectively burn up virtually all of the electronic equipment exposed to such an occurrence. The CME on the other hand, is a much more commonly occurring, natural phenomena that requires a long antenna to transmit the burst. While a naturally occurring charged plasma CME would not necessarily burn up all of the electronic equipment, it would still effectively disable the entire electrical grid at least on the surface of the planet that was struck directly.

The Cost of Loss of the Power Grid

According to Dr. Peter Ryan, a physicist working with NASA, there is somewhere around a 10-percent chance of a massive CME physically striking the earth anytime between now and somewhere around 2022. According to the government, such a catastrophe would be more expensive than Hurricane Katrina, merely in terms of loss of infrastructure from the reigning chaos. It would take literally years before all of the necessary infrastructure was rebuilt and power restored to the coastal regions should such a strike hit the US directly.

This of course, does not take into account the toll on humanity. The coastal regions, in case anyone has missed it, are where the vast majority of the American population lives. A couple of years without telephones, internet, ATMs or other modern conveniences would all cause their own problems. Fortunately, as was noted, the chances for such an occurrence are at least minimized as we enter into a solar minimum … but this does absolutely nothing to stabilize the electrical grid either. Thus, there is a notable demand if not an absolute need for the means to generate electrical energy on site or as it is more commonly referred to, point of use electrical power generation.

Smaller, local Power Generators would replace substations

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