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Distributed Generation

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posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 09:38 PM
My apologies if this has already been addressed in another thread.

I was wondering what everyone's thoughts are on the topic of Distributed Generation of Energy (ie: you make it yourself onsite -- at home, at work, on the road, etc). Instead of relying on the the current model of an energy "grid" as our primary source of power, we should transition toward a model in which each of us are nodes in a Distributed Generation model that pumps excess into the "grid", which itself serves as a backup instead of primary source of power.

Under such a DG model, society would not be dependent on unstable foreign energy exporters. Renewable energy sources would be encouraged as new technologies become available, reducing global demand for carbon-based fuel. Each of us would be partners in the generation/conservation of global energy. Heck, with enough experience and success with such a DG model, perhaps we could eliminate the grid altogether.

One possible approach might be to use H2O as a battery of sorts, separating H2 as fuel via Algal, Electrolytical, or other means with some form of renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro, etc) as the power supply on site. The separated H2 could then be used in Fuel Cells to power anything and everything. Cars could be designed to recharge their H2 "batteries" 1) via solar while sitting in the parking lot, 2) plugged in to the grid while sitting in the garage, or 3) on the road at the H2 filling station.

The only thing holding us back is lack of imagination and willpower. Oh, and that pesky addiction to foreign oil and other non-renewables.

posted on Feb, 28 2006 @ 06:32 AM
Our current world mirrors the power structure in place, which is top-down, favoring a few large units, exercising total control, modern electronics could easily be used to create network like you described, unfortunately power grid and power plants are often owned by the same people....

Alternative Energy would allow certain rural areas (especially the ones with access to hadro power) to establish energy independence and even sell of excess electricity, provided poer lines are in place and grid losses tolerable, but i fail to see how a city would be better of with thousands of small units.

PS: there's of course another last reason to favor micro plants - in case of global breakdown, your electric tools would be more than ugly paper weights

posted on Mar, 1 2006 @ 10:51 PM
look at thread

already posted a link to honda's home co-generation unit

Originally posted by bigx01

Honda and Climate Energy Launch New Energy Technology for the Home

all new houses that use natural gas heat should be using the system that Honda and Climate Energy have. that way we are making electricity and heating houses at the same time.

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