We can build nuclear bombs but can't keep the lights on when a storm moves


On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 10:15 AM Jed Rothwell <jedrothw...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Once again a storm shows the weakness of modern energy systems. On an
> ordinary day in Georgia, hundreds of customers are without power because of
> accidents. At this moment, 258,727 customers are without power because of
> the hurricane, and it hasn't even hit the state yet. See:
> http://outagemap.georgiapower.com/external/default.html#
> Small cold fusion generators would eliminate this problem. The generators
> themselves would fail from time to time, but probably not any more often
> than refrigerators are HVAC equipment does. In my experience, that happens
> less often than power failures lasting 1 hour or longer.
> I am ready for a power failure. I now have a 2 kW inverter which I attach
> to the starter battery in a Prius. That is located inside, under the deck,
> where the spare tire is kept, so it stays dry in the rain. I can then leave
> the motor on. It only runs when the battery drains. 2 kW is enough to run a
> modern refrigerator and lights. Or a pump to drain water under the house,
> but I don't think I can run both at the same time. I wish I had a 4 kW
> inverter but I don't think you can attach that to an ordinary car battery.
> - Jed

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