Electricity Reliability in New York, Solar Technology, New Nanotechnology, and More!

By Vernon Trollinger, March 29, 2013, Energy Efficiency, Events & Fun, Green, News, Save Money

The electricity industry is booming with developments in reliability, renewable resources, personal gadgets, and automobiles. So, we thought we’d share a few of these new and interesting advances being made  in the fields of electricity reliability, solar technology, nanotechnology, and more. Here are some great innovations happening in today’s electricity news.

NYISO approves electricity reliability plan 

Both businesses and homeowners want their electricity to stay on. That’s no different in New York State where the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) manages the wholesale market that is the state’s electricity grid. They also assess risk. This past September, NYSIO identified both transmission security violations and resource adequacy violations dire enough to require a new electricity reliability plan. Looks like they’ve got one.

MISOMkt_SouthMISO Expanding South into Texas

The Midwestern Independent System Operator (MISO) is one of the largest power generation entities in the North American grid, covering 15 states and Manitoba. On December 18, 2012, it obtained 15,000 new miles worth of transmission and became 30,000 megawatts of generation bigger. This energy grid now extends into much of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, along with parts of east Texas – mainly because all of Entergy joined the grid. With MISO, Entergy now gives its service area access to Midwest wind power and may stimulate more development.

V3SpincellNew Twist on Home Solar Technology 

The new solar cone from V3 uses a rotating cone covered in photo-voltaics to generate power more efficiently, while keeping the solar cells cool. It’s called the “Spin Cell,” and this excelent bit of solar technology supposedly delivers 8¢/kWh versus the national average electricity price of 12¢/kWh. Photo from V3.

Apple Data Centers 100% Renewable 

Whoa. Impressive, indeed. Hey, what if all data centers, college campuses, and business complexes spent more on generating their own renewable energy rather than fancy lawn care?

Micro-supercapacitor-UCLAScience Hack: DIY energy-dense supercapacitors

It’s a little über-techie, but these quick-charging discs may put a new spin on how we store battery power. Photo from UCLA.

Cheaper, Faster flash memory from self-assembling nanostructures? 

In circuit board news, a research team at KAIST (aka: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) has developed a polymer process that creates its own self-ordered arrays. These structures have high and low resistance which make them perfect for data storage. Plus, they’re faster and use far less energy.

Nanotechnology Amplifier ChipsCalTech’s “Self-healing” circuit chips

While this nifty foray into nanotechnology isn’t self-healing like Moira in Farscape, instead, these circuits are tiny self-monitoring amplifier chips (76 can fit on penny) that can re-route power around a damaged area surprisingly fast. (I think I need these for my bass amp.) Photo from CalTech.

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