Friday, July 13, 2018

How to get more energy without new power plants

Some people worry that as we electrify our transportation system, we won’t have enough electricity production to charge the vehicles. But our energy system is hugely inefficient; over half the energy created by a power plant is wasted as heat. Europe has spearheaded combined heat and power plants where the waste heat is used to heat buildings and drive industrial processes. I visited waste to energy plants that cleanly burned what could not be recycled and generated heat and electricity.

But there are even more interesting opportunities. Imagine not needing batteries because you could charge your phone or other device by pressing a button. Whirlpool turbines set in rivers can generate electricity without dams. Read more...

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