New Approach to Electric Power Conversion Eliminates Multi-Billion Dollar Efficiency Losses
Transphorm Inc., redefining energy efficiency with the most efficient and compact power conversion technology……. ultra-efficient and cost-competitive power modules eliminate up to 90 percent of all electric conversion losses.
….revolutionary material known as Gallium Nitride, or “GaN”, which switches at far higher frequencies than traditional components. This superior material, coupled with innovative circuit design, enables the world’s most efficient, most compact, and most cost-effective power conversion technology.
The Future of Nuclear Power: Getting Rid of Nuclear Waste
WAMSR can be powered by nuclear waste because it uses radically different technology from conventional plants. Instead of using solid fuel pins, we dissolve the nuclear waste into a molten salt. Suspending the fuel in a liquid allows us to keep it in the reactor longer, and therefore capture more of its energy. Conventional nuclear reactors can utilize only about 3% of the potential fission energy in a given amount of uranium before it has to be removed from the reactor. Our design captures 98% of this remaining energy.
This post is a great/simple example, underlining message to the importance of communication, especially in the utility market. This gives the Utility to Customer example, however, I believe better communication also needs to be expanded across the power industry as a whole - Engineers, Lineman, Consultants, Vendors, Teachers & Students.
Florida Power & Light last year started operating its first hybrid energy plant. The Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is a natural gas-solar power hybrid. The utility took an existing 3,705-megawatt combined-cycle plant, the largest fossil fuel power plant in the United States, and installed a $476 million 75-megawatt solar plant to supply heat.
Silicon chip micro-reactors developed by the MIT team. These chips contain photonic crystals on both flat faces, with external tubes for injecting fuel and air and ejecting waste products. Inside the chip, the fuel and air react to heat up the photonic crystals. In use, these reactors would have a photovoltaic cell mounted against each face, with a tiny gap between, to convert the emitted wavelengths of light to electricity.