PERFECT POWER: How the Microgrid Revolution Will Unleash Cleaner, Greener, More Abundant Energy

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McGraw Hill Professional, Jul 31, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 200 pages
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What's the solution to the world's growing energy problem?
PERFECT POWER

Electric usage is rising. Fuel costs are rocketing. Blackouts are happening more frequently. Why? Because our electrical power system--built on a vast network of resources including nuclear energy, natural gas, water, and coal--has become woefully outdated, increasingly expensive, and dangerously fragile. We need to change the current system, and we need to do it now.

Written by business visionary and former Motorola chairman Robert Galvin, Perfect Power shows us how to create a “perfect” system that can deliver power where needed, at an astonishing reliability standard of 99.9999999 percent. By super-charging the “Six Sigma” concepts that Galvin developed as the founder and CEO at Motorola, we can

  • Meet the energy reliability and quality needs of the Digital Age
  • Generate new goods and services that create jobs, empower consumers, and lower energy cost
  • Eliminate wasteful spending on our electrical infrastructure that can be used for peak power needs
  • Facilitate local, regional, and, ultimately, national energy independence
  • Fundamentally reduce the impact of energy on the environment
  • Invest in the microgrid revolution

Energy providers and policy makers will reinvent today's centralized power systems and integrate them with new, efficient “microgrids." Investors and entrepreneurs will spot tomorrow's hottest technologies. Consumers will demand change from “the powers that be.” And environmentalists will take advantage of cleaner, greener energy sources available.

We have the power to fulfill our energy needs, fix our old systems, forge ahead with new ideas, and fuel our dreams. It's Perfect Power.

 

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Contents

The Electric Imperative
1
Guiding the Path to Perfect Power
13
1 The Heat Is On
15
2 The Grid
31
3 Electrifying the World
47
4 The Edison Paradox
67
5 The Path to Perfect Power
81
6 Smarter Than the Average Building and Car
107
8 The Blank Canvas of Mesa Del Sol
143
9 Changing the Rules of the Game Honorably
163
10 Consumers at the Controls
183
New Companies and New Jobs
205
Coda
225
Glossary of Technical Terms
231
Selected Bibliography
251
Index
259

7 Rewiring Siegel Hall for Perfect Power
127

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About the author (2008)

Robert W. Galvin is former Chairman of the Board of Motorola, Inc. He heads the Galvin Electricity Initiative, which supports “Perfect Power” innovations.

Kurt E. Yeager is former President of the Electric Power Research Institute.

Jay Stuller is the author of seven books.

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