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Nifty idea, but there's a catch.
#electricity #circuit #breaker

How the World's First Digital Circuit Breaker Could Completely Change Our Powered World



This week the world’s first and only digital circuit breaker was certified for commercial use. The technology, invented by Atom Power, has been listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the global standard for consumer safety. This new breaker makes power easier to manage and 3000 times faster than the fastest mechanical breaker, marking the most radical advancement in power distribution since Thomas Edison.

Picture the fuse box in your basement, each switch assigned to different electrical components of your home. These switches are designed to break a circuit to prevent the overloaded wires in your wall from overheating and causing a fire. When this happens, you plod down to your mechanical room and flick the switches on again.

Now multiply that simple system in your home to city high rises and industrial buildings, which might have 250 circuit breakers on any given floor, each one ranging from 15 to 4000 amps at higher voltages. At this scale, the limitations and dangers of a manually controlled power system become much more evident—and costly.
Ready for the scary part, the one involving phones?
“Now I have no moving parts. Now I have the ability to connect things like iPhones and iPads for remote power management, which increases safety and improves efficiency. I can set the distribution panel to a schedule so the flow of power is seamless, unlimited, and shifts between sources automatically. You literally wouldn’t notice. The lights wouldn’t even flicker.”

 
Nifty idea, but there's a catch.
#electricity #circuit #breaker

How the World's First Digital Circuit Breaker Could Completely Change Our Powered World



This week the world’s first and only digital circuit breaker was certified for commercial use. The technology, invented by Atom Power, has been listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the global standard for consumer safety. This new breaker makes power easier to manage and 3000 times faster than the fastest mechanical breaker, marking the most radical advancement in power distribution since Thomas Edison.

Picture the fuse box in your basement, each switch assigned to different electrical components of your home. These switches are designed to break a circuit to prevent the overloaded wires in your wall from overheating and causing a fire. When this happens, you plod down to your mechanical room and flick the switches on again.

Now multiply that simple system in your home to city high rises and industrial buildings, which might have 250 circuit breakers on any given floor, each one ranging from 15 to 4000 amps at higher voltages. At this scale, the limitations and dangers of a manually controlled power system become much more evident—and costly.
Ready for the scary part, the one involving phones?
“Now I have no moving parts. Now I have the ability to connect things like iPhones and iPads for remote power management, which increases safety and improves efficiency. I can set the distribution panel to a schedule so the flow of power is seamless, unlimited, and shifts between sources automatically. You literally wouldn’t notice. The lights wouldn’t even flicker.”

 

Experimental device generates electricity from the coldness of the universe


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19853135
Posted by lelf (karma: 42722)
Post stats: Points: 108 - Comments: 39 - 2019-05-07T20:26:31Z

\#HackerNews #coldness #device #electricity #experimental #from #generates #the #universe
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Experimental device generates electricity from the coldness of the universe


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19853135
Posted by lelf (karma: 42722)
Post stats: Points: 108 - Comments: 39 - 2019-05-07T20:26:31Z

\#HackerNews #coldness #device #electricity #experimental #from #generates #the #universe
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 85 - Loop: 309 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 134

 

New #Technique Makes Electricity-Producing #Bacteria More Useful Than Ever

Deeps in mines, at the bottom of lakes, and even in your own gut, bacteria are hard at work producing #electricity in order to survive in environments low in oxygen. These potent little #power producers have been used in speculative experiments and one day may power everything from #batteries to “biohomes.”

There are many types of bacteria capable of producing electricity but some are better at it than others. The trouble with these bacteria is that they are difficult and expensive to grow in a lab setting, slowing down our ability to develop new technologies with them. A new technique developed by #MIT engineers makes sorting and identifying electricity-producing bacteria easier than ever before which may make them more readily available for us in technological applications...