During a blustery windstorm in August 2003, a power line in Ohio brushed up against some tree branches. Three transmission lines had short-circuited causing a cascade of events that left 45 million people in the northeastern U.S., and 10 million in Ontario, without power for hours, days, in some cases even a week.
Because of a complex system of interlinked power sharing and transmission line connections, the outage that started in Ohio ran through the 100 year old system of centralized power transmission before anyone could throw a switch to stop the massive draw on any and all connected sources of electricity.
Today, despite repeated promises of infrastructure investment, the situation could occur at any time.
Craig Clydesdale, of OOM Energy, feels he has the solution – multiple, distinct, independent power systems that provide off-the-grid electricity to homes, apartment buildings, hospitals, factories and industrial facilities.
Each unit, specifically calibrated to keep a constant generation of power, is stand-alone, often powered by natural gas and sometimes augmented with solar panels, batteries, and even wind turbines, is not an energy storage system but a generator using cleaner fuels than standard diesel or gasoline generators.
Clydesdale forsees hydrogen as the future fuel of choice and his company is designing new systems to be ready for that. Here’s my interview with the CEO of OOM Energy.
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