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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Alevo now controls the Ballistic Breaker

Alevo has made a deal with me to acquire both of my corporations (Ballistic Breaker and Electric Pipeline) in a merger/acquisition, and has hired me to pursue elpipes ( and Ballistic Breakers ( Elpipes are one key part of what is needed to create a supergrid, and a supergrid big enough to span several weather systems is needed to make non-dispatchable generators (wind & solar, mainly) sufficiently reliable in aggregation to greatly lower the amount of storage or fast dispatchable generation needed to balance load on the grid.

All of Alevo's innovative products aim at enabling a de-carbonization of our energy technology. My particular piece is focused on DC power, which is critical for a robust, multi-generation supergrid. Their launch technology is a very robust & efficient Li-ion battery that is especially well suited to application in the grid. Next products include my inventions, a lower cost DC Breaker and a high capacity electricity pipeline, the elpipe. The elpipe supports the next phase of evolution of the grid by enabling transfers ~30GW through one passively cooled line. No magic involved; elpipes use a LOT more metal per amp-m than conventional lines. Elpipes will achieve reliability in spite of having 50X more electrical junctions by inventive snap-fit methods combined with appropriate assembly protocol and real time monitoring of performance. The elpipe is a mashup of a powerline, a pipeline, and a train. The elpipe “train” could consist of 200 km of linked cars, all with synchronized controllers running, feeding back information to the global controller through multiple channels for redundancy.

My Ballistic Breaker is enabling for DC networks at many power levels, and development of the 1-10 MW scale DC breaker is high priority right now.

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