The Future of Electricity, the future of TRANSPORTATION, and four drill alarm U.S. infrastructure rebuild

This presentation, though the graphic could have been better, is basically what I have been practically SCREAMING for, along with many, many other backup and alternative solutions, from superconductors to production based on geographic location, vehicle types, integration and timing… This will be an EXTREMELY expensive job, and when I first did my calculations on the loads that would be placed on the networks when I first read about very fast chargers in about 2010, I immediately realized there is NO WAY the system can even HANDLE THAT, even if you cut down on your weight and you are driving in a straight line, given the overall numbers of demand required to reverse a chemical reaction that quickly.  But all is not lost!  We also must rebuilt much of our MAJOR critical HIGHWAY infrastructure, both long routes and short city lengths – each of which obviously demand a different strategy.  Where the costs of natural elements are fluctuating will greatly determine the level of ‘fluctuation’ present in which methods of transportation, communication, and radio (air) networks – including lasers in optic fibers to transport power.  While you are building a road or bridge, run Extremely high capacity optic and shielded (naturally, too! but from corrosion or critters, etc.) for your data and your power, too, perhaps… unless you have enough actual power to where the math makes it logical to employ superconductors to transport energy from station to station.

I say underground when possible, especially on the large, high voltage lines, because we now have materials and machinery that allow us to do this routing even nearly invisibly, even in suburban areas.  And our water and sewage and watershed are already there, and it’s already on-market (not a beta-test) because many communities run all of their utilities underground.  This also eliminates the eyesore and the danger – as well as the risk and cost in severe weather (wind, tornado/hurricane, ice buildup, etc.) and increases the real estate value.

One thing Mr. Shamsi discusses in this video is something I have been rooting for for a good long time now – for efficient housing units, why not use DC?  Given the fact that – other than, of course, your heavy-load demands such as electric ranges, hair dryers (unfortunately, that one – everything else can be centralized in the housing unit itself – the other is space heaters.  Taking window unit air conditioners out of this equation as they will be irrelevant)… Everything else now, except for low-draw room cooling fans, run on what now?  They come with a little box of coils that you plug into (in the U.S.) your 60Hz, 115-125VAC, 15-20, 25A wall outlet – a lethal combination, especially for children… and they come with these little boxes that do WHAT?  They convert that 60Hz wave into something in the range of 3.5 to about 32VDC.  So you are clipping the wave with a diode/rectifier, an inefficient process in itself, even if it is a sophisticated module – and especially if it is dealing in high numbers – and also you are living in a room surrounded by unnecessary circuitry for the most part.  Other than one’s kitchen and laundry room – and workshop, for those who are so inclined as to own one (we are talking general residential applications here), the advances in technology – even climate control (HVAC) and even cooking (inductive heat transfer; convection heating and hot air recycling ovens, and, depending upon application, the microwave oven (shielded, of course) – the last culprit is the transportation (freight-volume: railways and 18-wheeled tractor/trailers) using vehicles, and the refrigeration of food.

However, I would not worry too much about the refrigeration or even the heating of an indoor climate – there are different ways to move energy that is being wasted in one place, such as the energy stored in your car on a hot day when you get in and get toasted by the leather trim seats:  sometimes, the energy can be extracted for convenience by using another physical location (under the hood, or the cell pack, in the case of an EV, depending on how/where they are distributed) by starting your engine in order to turn some belts, turn on the A/C – in a hybrid electric vehicle, another technology will also consume useful power, with no “moving parts” (per se) and apply active heat transfer systems to the seat(s) themselves (by circuit regulation, of course, the system will only apply power to the circuits to the seats that sense an occupant is present – unless manually overridden, or programmed to do so based on trip and location data, etc. that statistically “figures out” or recalls, anyway – that you left A (home) and parked at B (grocery store XYZ) and left home with your spouse and one child, or yourself and a friend (going by weight, voice, face, fingerprint, whatever the manufacturer chooses) and so to the end user the entire process is nearly transparent!  And efficient.

That leads to the question of cost, economy, and politics.  Engineers will continue to develop these systems at a fast pace, no doubt.  Personally, MY hope is that the open marketplace is not TOO open — AND, I might add, I equally hope that the DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) and EPA (no need to mention that one in full), NHTSA, and so on… are not too TIGHT in creating and imposing their REGULATIONS that can backfire, causing the unintended effect that turns out to be quite opposite of its stated intention.


Brendon Tristal

IEEE MBR:  92775494


2013-DEC-18, U.S. CT

Author, Original: Brendon Tristal

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