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Innovation Is the Only Way Forward

We at The Future 500 believe absolutely in the idea that innovation, constant innovation, is a key element to the 21st Century. Those who embrace the chaos of innovation and the the order of disorder will succeed, some beyond their wildest dreams. Those who do not will be left behind. This goes for countries, companies, and individuals. Create and think, or don’t. But the second option is not going to be a pleasant one.

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Power outages: Would a smart grid help?

 

Current electrical grids are antiquated and subject to cascading outages.

 

A ‘smart grid” that transfers power from one part of an electrical grid to another in the event of a regional loss makes sense. Such a grid builds on the foundational principal of resiliency. Spread risk. Avoid choke points.

Eliminating bottle necks and systemic risk is vital for any system, but particularly for a system as important as an electricity distribution network. Right now large parts of regional electrical grids can be taken down if one substation is taken out of commission. This is typical across the United States.

Power is sent out from a central hub, to smaller hubs. If one of these smaller hubs has a problem there is a wide spread power outage.

Electrical grids would make more sense if they were less centrally controlled. If energy flowed across the grid more freely, avoiding central nodes, from consumer to consumer, or even pro-sumer to pro-sumer, catastrophic system failure could largely be mitigated.

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$900 Million To Rural U.S. Grid Improvements

 

(USDA) is embarking on a massive loan program to upgrade rural electric cooperative utilities

As we have said before in this publication, rural broadband is a key component of a 21st Century economy.

I actually speak from experience. I until recently lived in Crozet, a small town right at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is also near UVA and as such my little town was wired for broadband about as soon as the nearest big town, Charlottesville.

A lot of professors live in Crozet and they need their broadband.

I recently had to move closer to Washington DC but I was still keen to live in the countryside. Unfortunately we had been spoiled in Crozet. Just 30 miles outside of DC most of the places we wanted to live, we could not live, because of the lack of broadband. I need it for my work.

So we moved into town. It’s a nice town. I just miss tapping on my laptop as the cows stroll by.

Click here for the story on rural broadband.

 

 

$900 Million To Rural U.S. Grid Improvements

 

(USDA) is embarking on a massive loan program to upgrade rural electric cooperative utilities

As we have said before in this publication, rural broadband is a key component of a 21st Century economy.

I actually speak from experience. I until recently lived in Crozet, a small town right at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is also near UVA and as such my little town was wired for broadband about as soon as the nearest big town, Charlottesville.

A lot of professors live in Crozet and they need their broadband.

I recently had to move closer to Washington DC but I was still keen to live in the countryside. Unfortunately we had been spoiled in Crozet. Just 30 miles outside of DC most of the places we wanted to live, we could not live, because of the lack of broadband. I need it for my work.

So we moved into town. It’s a nice town. I just miss tapping on my laptop as the cows stroll by.

Click here for the story on rural broadband.