An economical and reliable DC circuit breaker for DC voltage > 3.5kV is not commercially available today. The lack of such a breaker has been inhibiting the development of DC power distribution in factories (especially processing plants with many variable speed motors); for microgrids (including on ships, oil platforms, and wind farms), and for multiterminal HVDC power transmission, as in the supergrid.
very little relationship to how the Ballistic Breaker works.
I applied three times for ARPA-E funding from the US Department of Energy (twice for elpipes, once for Ballistic Breakers). Though those efforts were unsuccessful, my selection for the ARPA-E summit is a nice recognition that my concepts are important.
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