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.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Ballistic Breaker selected for 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Technology Showcase
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.
Congratulations! Your submission to the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Technology Showcase has been approved. Our participating government, investment, and corporate partners are eager to view your technology.
The Technology Showcase Receptions will take place on: