A New Switch to Aid Green Energy

A Swiss engineering group says it has developed a new circuit breaker that will help utilities transfer power over longer distances, making for more efficient and reliable electric supplies, reports the Associated Press at Yahoo News.  ABB Group announced it developed the world’s first circuit breaker for high-voltage direct current, HDVC, which will facilitate the long-distance transfer of hydropower, wind and solar power. “This historical breakthrough will make it possible to build the grid of the future. said Joe Hogan, the company’s CEO. The Swiss firm said its new switch removes a barrier to developing DC transmission grids — and solves a century-old electrical engineering puzzle — because it can interrupt power flows equivalent to the output of a large power station within five milliseconds, which is “30 times faster than the blink of a human eye.” The new circuit breaker could make inroads in a market potentially worth billions of dollars. The HVDC lines could be used by nations such Germany and Switzerland that want to move away from nuclear power toward renewable energies.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. This is how YOU can make a difference.

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Swiss firm says its new switch to aid green energy. A Swiss engineering group said Wednesday it has developed a new circuit breaker that will help utilities transfer power over longer distances, making for more efficient and reliable electric supplies. Associated Press http://news.yahoo.com/swiss-firm-says-switch-aid-green-energy-192454608–finance.html

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Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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