“What is the largest possible scale of energy storage with modern day engineering?”
Companies such as Tesla Motors are investing in energy storage like there is no tomorrow. The current frontier is Gigawatt-Hour-Scale Storage. Just to put things into perspective, one gigawatt-hour is enough to power the average California home for over 92 years!
Partial Differential Equations
“Are there Differential Equations controlled by more than one variable?”
Differential Equations are ubiquitous in nature. Whether it be in modeling how an object falls or how the economy rises, they always seem to have some form of application. But some of these Differential Equations are very special. Specifically, they are controlled by more than one variable. These Partial Differential Equations govern phenomena such as waves and heat conduction and require their own unique solution methods.
Almonds and Water Use
“How much water do Almonds use?”
One of the most popular crops in my home state of California is the Almond. Almonds are loved around the world for their nutritional benefits and plant-based protein. However, like any bit of produce, they also require resources to grow. Popular sources have stated that each nut requires a whopping 1.1 gallons (around 4.16 liters) to grow! However, that only tells a part of the story. It turns out that Almond trees have multiple uses such as removing pollution from the air and being turned into firewood. In fact, the Almond industry has grown by 60% in California since the 90s while its water consumption has remained flat. Therefore, when reading about information online, be sure to always check empirical facts.
How Tesla’s Big Australian Battery Might Become a Monopoly
“Why might there be no more ancillary service players in South Australia after Tesla?”
California based Tesla Motors recently made headlines by supplying 100 MW of their batteries to the South Australian Hornsdale Power Reserve to help control ancillary services. This project was so efficient that it absorbed 55 percent of all FCAS revenues in South Australia as well as cutting ancillary services pricing by 90 percent. Analysts say that this has been so efficient that it is possible that there will be no more room for competition in South Australia.
Onsite Renewable Energy Monitoring
“How can we monitor the energy consumption levels of Renewable Energy?”
Renewable Energy is one of the fastest growing sectors of all time. However, because of its distributed nature, monitoring the energy consumption levels without an interface can be a great difficulty. Because of this, engineers have developed Onsite Renewable Energy Monitoring to analyze distributed resources in real time!
“How can we purchase electricity when it is cheap and sell when it expensive?”
Just like real estate and stocks, electricity is cheaper when it is in less demand and more expensive with more. Automatically purchasing and selling electricity during optimal times is known as Energy Arbitrage.
“How can nations acquire nuclear weapons?”
Although not talked about much anymore, nuclear weapons are still a serious part of international agreements. Only a select number of countries are allowed to possess these weapons of mass destruction (France, the United States, the United Kingdom, the People’s Republic of China, and the Russian Federation). If a nation outside of these signatures obtains Nuclear Weapons, then Nuclear Proliferation is said to have occurred.