Category Archives: Electric Grid

Chip Fab Plants need electricity 24 x 7. The electric grid needs chips. The Financial system needs both.

July 3, 2014     Alice Friedemann The US Energy Department recently reported that “the nation’s aging electric grid cannot keep pace with innovations in the digital information and telecommunications network … Power outages and power quality disturbances cost the economy … Continue reading

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Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System. National Academy of Sciences.

Much of what follows is from the 2012 National Academy of Science report written for the Department of Homeland Security: “Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System“ Introduction Electricity is ubiquitous, reliable, and taken for granted . . . until … Continue reading

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Transportation: How long can we adapt before we fall off the Net Energy Cliff?

Introduction The problem we face is a liquid fuel crisis.  Absolutely essential vehicles, such as agricultural tractors and combines, railroads, and trucks run on diesel fuel, ships on bunker fuel.  They can never be battery or fuel-cell operated or electrified, … Continue reading

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Electric Grid Overview

Electricity is essential. In a blackout all of these essential services fail: Pumping of potable water, sewage, and irrigation water; sewage treatment; food and fuel supply and storage; refrigeration; medical facilities, prisons, banking, communications, refineries, shipping, transportation, commerce, and home/commercial … Continue reading

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How the sun could end Nuclear Power

Flare-up: How the Sun Could Put an End to Nuclear Power Gar Smith. Spring 2012. Earth Island Journal. According to NASA, the planet will soon face an outbreak of powerful solar flares capable of collapsing global power grids. Were this … Continue reading

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Lloyd’s of London EMP solar storm risk to North America

2013. Lloyd’s Solar Storm Risk to the North American Electric Grid. Atmospheric and Environmental Research. Society depends on electricity for everything from communication, banking and business transactions to basic necessities like food and water. Executive Summary A Carrington-level, extreme geomagnetic … Continue reading

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EMP effect on electrical transformers

Dr. Jeff Masters. 3 Apr 2009. A future Space Weather catastrophe: a disturbing possibility. We have the very real possibility that a geomagnetic storms of an intensity that has happened before–and will happen again–could knock out the power to tens … Continue reading

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Magnetic Reversal could knock out power grids and communication systems

Peter Olson and Renaud Deguen. 1 Jul 2012. Eccentricity of the geomagnetic dipole caused by lopsided inner core growth. Nature Geoscience 5, 565–569 Lopsided growth of the Earth’s core could explain why its magnetic field reverses direction every few thousand … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) articles

Joan Trossman. 21 Nov 2012. Fire in the Sky. Scientists warn of a solar flare large enough to paralyze our electrified world. Pasadena Weekly. If you have never heard of an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, then you have not spent … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic Pulse EMP from solar flares or high-altitude nuclear weapon explosion

An exploding high-altitude (25 to 250 miles) nuclear weapon can generate an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) that can zap electronic systems over a wide area — several could potentially take out electronic systems across the country. Periodically there are also solar … Continue reading

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