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Behind The Light Switch: What Is A Power Grid And Its Sources of Energy?

Posted 02-08-2013 in Articles by Christopher

Most of us don't think about where our electricity comes from until we go to turn the switch and nothing happens or until we get the electricity bill in the mail. From cooking our meals to taking hot showers, not sitting in the dark to watching TV, electricity plays a crucial role in almost every aspect of of modern life. Without electricity there'd be no playing video games, charging our cell phones, turning our computers on. As the world grows more conscious about our electricity consumption, we hear more and more about different kinds of energy resources – solar, wind, hydro, etc. With so much power behind that tiny light switch, where does it all come from?

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Understand The Truth Behind Nuclear Energy And A Nuclear Power Plant

Posted 02-08-2013 in Articles by Christopher

With the growing number of worldwide nuclear weapons, horrific past events and negative press, people have naturally associated the word “nuclear” with violence and destruction. And since the disasters at Fukushima and Chernobyl, many people are critical of the use of nuclear power plants as a safe source for energy.While nuclear energy can be dangerous if misused or mismanaged, it is a valuable and resilient energy resource. Once properly understood, it's easy to see that nuclear energy is a viable asset to our electricity needs now and for the future. But the question remains: If it isn't being used as a weapon, how is nuclear power harnessed as a source for energy?

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Is This The Future Of Electric Power? What Is Smart Grid Technology

Posted 02-08-2013 in Articles by Christopher

Our current electric grid was built over one hundred years ago when our electricity needs were simple. Advancing every decade, today it consists of more than 9,200 electric generating units with more than 1 million megawatts of generating capacity connected to more than 300,000 miles of transmission lines. While the electric grid is considered an engineering wonder, its patchwork is being stretched to the limit. In order to move forward into the 21st Century, we need a new kind of electric grid built from the bottom up. This new grid will be able to handle the movement of digital and computerized equipment and technology dependent on it. What makes this new grid so “smart”?

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Making Sense Of Energy Resources: Wind Energy Generated From Turbines

Posted 02-08-2013 in Articles by Christopher

Dating all the way back to the 1st century AD, the earliest known instance of using a wind-driven wheel to power a machine is credited to the Greek engineer, Heron of Alexandria. Despite all of the advances in technology, we're still using Heron's ideas in the form of a wind turbine to capture energy from the wind. For centuries people have used wind as a source of power whether to move their ships across the ocean to flying across the sky in a modern day hang glider. So while it's obvious that the wind can be used as power, it's less obvious how it's actually harnessed and converted into a modern day energy resource.

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