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New technology needed to meet electricity needs April 6, 2008

Posted by OldGuy in Alternatives, energy conservation.
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Some bloggers think the problem behind electric cars is that there is not enough power in the grid, and the grid is not structured to handle additional plugins.

Dahcrednys posted on hybridcarblog that the grid can’t support the additional usage of electric cars.  He has a point.  The average age of power generation plants in the USA is 47 years old.

But he ignores recent advances.  Where server rooms used to be massive spaces of rack after rack of heat-generating computers, most are now operating efficient blade servers.  Where power amplifiers are traditionally only 9% efficient, new Gallium Arsenide devices are promising between 40% and 60% efficienty by the end of the decade.

He also ignores the improvements in solar and wind production.

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