Visions of a New Power Future
By EV World.Com
In the age of the micro-processor, the world's electric power grid still relies on 1950's technology, stated T.J. Glauthier to the delegates attending the 20th Electric Vehicle Symposium in Long Beach, California in November 2003.
It is one of the missions of the Electricity Innovation Institute or E2I -- over which Glauthier serves as president -- to promote research into the development of a "smart grid," one which takes advantage of not only conventional distributed generation sources such as wind turbines, solar panel and small-scale fuel cells, but also mobile sources including "plug-in hybrids" and fuel cell cars and trucks.
EV World was privileged to record Mr. Glauthier's presentation, which is available to EV World Premium subscribers in MP3 audio format. In his 15:40 minute address, he discussed some of the tantalizing possibilities of a future "smart grid." One was the impact plug-in hybrids would have on the nation's petroleum consumption. He noted that EPRI has concluded that a plug-in hybrid with a 60 mile battery-only range would translate into the equivalent of 80 miles per gallon fuel economy, with consequent reductions in local smog emissions.
If you find the MP3 audio stream breaking up due to high traffic on the web site, we encourage you to download the MP3 file to your personal computer so you can listen to it offline without interruption.
EV World also thanks the Electric Drive Transportation Association for granting us permission to record this presentation.