One of the biggest problem in electricity is the peak load. The grid has to meet all the demand every time and needs to be ready for that. So the difference between peak demand and normal time there are lots of power plants that are resting. Besides If you shave even a small amount from peak demand and add it other times of the day it would same millions of dollars to government as the highest bidder who is helping to meeting highest demand on a certain time is the one who determines the cost of electricity to all of the power generators. This emphasizes the importance of storage.
Technology Article Summary
In this article a startup called Axiom Energy claims to find a solution for Supermarkets for the peak hour. Company sells technology that plugs into super market refrigeration units and uses tanks of frozen salt water as a way to store energy and lower supermarket energy bills.
During peak times this supermarkets shift to use this technology, frozen salt water tanks, to keep cool the refrigerators and at nigh when the demand and electricity prices are low they can freeze the tanks with electricity. They called it as Refrigeration Battery. It is basically using thermal energy.
First supermarkets later it can be various places like data centers, cold storage units etc.
But on the big picture as it supports shaving on peak demand every tax payer would benefit.
Many developing countries don’t have proper sewage systems, which contaminates rivers, bays, oceans, etc. and gets into drinking water, causing sickness.
Raw sewage contains many pathogens that are harmful to humans. Fortunately, there is enough energy in the biomass to boil the water and make it bio-safe. Janicki Bioenergy has designed a small plant which costs roughly $1.5-million and can process sewage for a community of about 100,000 people.
The technology is very different than a traditional waste water treatment system because, instead of taking electricity from the grid, releasing water vapor into the atmosphere, and using natural gas for operations, the OmniProcessor recaptures used energy and uses it again. This process makes it a lot cheaper and more environmentally-friendly.
Citizens of developing countries
Governments of developing countries
Water treatment companies
Steps to implementation
Propose as water crisis solution to UN, other agencies, getting developing countries interested.
Find external sources of funding for several projects.
Start several pilot programs in different countries.
Scientists have developed tiny wireless sensors they call “neural dust”, which track nerve signals and muscles in real time, opening up a wide array of potential applications that range from checking internal organs to wirelessly controlling prosthetics with your mind.
University of California, Berkeley, have managed to squish sensors into 1 mm cubes around the size of a large grain of sand and implanted them into the muscles and peripheral nerves of rats.
These cubes house piezoelectric crystals that turn ultrasound vibrations (applied from outside the body) into electricity.
This provides a power source for a miniature onboard transistor that rests in contact with the nerve to measure electrical activity.
In their current form, the researchers say the sensors could be used outside the brain not just for monitoring, but also stimulating nerves and muscles to treat things like epilepsy, inflammation or fire up the immune system.
Eventually, they hope to develop tinier versions that can be packed into the brain, an advance that could mean big, big things.
Energy: Buildings are responsible for an enormous amount of global energy use, but solar energy is a readily accessible source of electricity generation. Solar panels, depending on the design and context of a structure, may not always be an option for curbing energy consumption from fossil fuels.
The 2016 Rio Olympics which officially begin tomorrow are not without controversy with concerns over air quality and pollution in the waterways where athletes will compete in aquatic events such as rowing. The Dow Chemical Company is partnering with the Olympic Games for a series of projects in an effort to offset the carbon footprint of the games.
One of the carbon mitigation projects that Dow Chemical has introduced for the Rio Olympics is microfoam packaging technology that will be implemented with Latin American based manufacturers. The microfoam packaging is geared for the food industry but could also be applied in other areas such as cosmetics and cleaning products. The microfoam process allows for reduction in weight for plastic films and allows for more packaging material to be produced from the same inputs and a more sustainable profile overall.
Incorporated into the Rio 2016 carbon mitigation strategy
Local manufacturers in Latin America will partner with Dow to produce the packaging
External partners will quantify and verify the carbon emissions offset by this process
Depleting fossil fuels and its consequent environmental impacts on climate change means alternative sources of energy need to be found, and soon.
The organic mega flow battery is an economically feasible option for storing energy. This is particularly useful for renewable technologies such as solar power and wind power which rely on sunlight and wind power. Essentially, the flow battery stores the excess energy generated from these technologies and is available when either sunlight or wind is unavailable. They are much more efficient than the traditional batteries used to store energy from wind and solar power.
Energy companies and consultants
Conduct a pilot test and use it to complement one of the ongoing solar projects in a region- possibly Africa (Tanzania) which has abundant solar projects.
Collect data analytics and present data in energy conferences to attract investors
Collaborate with city governments and implement with an upcoming Smart City project.