Electric Power – The Next Big Thing?
from the who-woulda-thunk-it? dept
Okay, you might not normally think of electric power as the next “big thing”, but the Economist thinks it might be. They discuss all the reasons why the electric power revolution may rival the telecommunications revolution of the 1980s. They also discuss the concept of micropower, as electric power may get more local and distributed, rather than centralized. So, when do we get peer-to-peer electricity? Isn’t that where all of this is heading? I want a Napster for electricity.
Comments on “Electric Power – The Next Big Thing?”
yes, this is hot too
Thanks for bringing this up, Mike. Next to optical/photonic and nanotech this is another innovation driven area where we will see new and powerful companies in the future. Investors will enjoy huge returns here.
well.. hopefully this will work out better than China’s plan to put a steel mill in everyone’s backyard.
Re: smelting plants
thanks Scooterboy, I am sure it will.
Where is the co-generation options?
I’ve benn searching for a co-generation unit.
Strling-cycle engine generating electricty, dumping excess power back to the grid.
Any time I need hot water/heat, I get electrical as a side benifit.
I’ve found 4-5 companies who’ve THOUGHT about making units…but never have made production.
So…who makes a unit?
Re: Where is the co-generation options?
scooterboy, I have some more info for you. How about you check out wether you like the power technology report at
In my opinion it’s one of the best describing the paradigm changes in the power industry. The authors’ conclusion:
“Hundreds of billions of dollars per year are going to be invested in new technologies to move, condition, store, and distribute electrons for the Internet Economy.”
So far, electric power deregulation in California has brought higher rates in some areas (apparently doubling in some unfortunate places) and rotating blackouts in the SF Bay Area whenever it gets hot. Don’t expect miracles overnight.