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Tuesday, December 26, 2006
pluggable hybrids save the grid
According to Monbiot, anyway, it's actually a hugely complex challenge to maintain a stable grid, which may be a challenge for those wanting to do distributed power.
Pluggable hybrids seems to be an interesting, err, hybrid approach.
Technology Review - How Plug-In Hybrids Will Save the Grid - December 21, 2006
Daily Kos - You Have The Power - December 24, 2006
One of the challenges for the power system is the surge effect - everyone arrives at work and turns their computers on, everyone arrives at home and turns the TV on - as luck would have it, their hybrid cars would all get plugged back into the system just before. So: low demand = push electricity into hybrids, high-demand = pull from hybrids.
If you add solar-boosted charging in appropriate areas, using e.g. solar trees in parking lots, things start to look better and better.