Month: November 2018

The European Union Has Just Unveiled It’s Zero Carbon Emission Plan

The European Union Has Just Unveiled It’s Zero Carbon Emission Plan

The European Union Has Just Unveiled It’s Zero Carbon Emission Plan

11/29/18

“How will the EU become carbon neutral?”

 

Breaking news. The European Union, accounting for 10 % of carbon emissions globally, has recently unveiled its long-term plan to cut its carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Although its 2030 goals will not be changed, it does give more focus to the following decades. This will be an extremely exciting event for years to come.

Switching regulators

Switching regulators

Switching regulators

11/28/18

“How can we control a series device to rapidly switch on and off?”

 

Series devices are used everywhere in electronics. However, sometimes we would like to be able to switch them on and off at an extremely high frequency. So how can we use our engineering mindset to solve this? Well, what if we were to have a special voltage regulator that could accomplish this? This is the exact idea behind a switching regulator and is integrated into all sorts of electrical devices.

Why the Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience

Why the Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience

Why the Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience

11/26/18

“How will the increased frequency of fires make us less energy resilient?”

 

The climate is changing. As temperatures get higher, the natural world is being thrown out of balance, and this includes dangerous fires such the one seen in Northern California. As these fires become more frequent, they will threaten power lines and energy generation sources. As a result, The Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience.

 

Steam Accumulators

Steam Accumulators

Steam Accumulators

11/25/18

“How can we store energy using steam?”

 

With the advent of the new energy paradigm, energy storage will play a bigger and bigger factor. Although batteries are promising, they are not an all-encompassing technology and will need support from other systems.

 

One simple method for storing energy involves steam. What if we were to have a container half filled with cold water and connected to a boiler. Steam can be blown if from the boiler into the container, which condenses and warms the water. When the water is about ¾ of the height, it will be considered stable. A valve can then be opened to release energy by driving the steam through a turbine and boiling the water from the resulting pressure drop. This system is known as a Steam Accumulator and is being constructed in conjunction with many solar thermal plants.