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    It seems that one of the major issues that a great many people are having in regards to alternative energy resources is tying these energy generators into the existing power grid. Oddly enough, the power grid seems to have the same difficulties around the globe. This begs the question about why these alternative energy resources need to be tied into the grid in the first place. If there are already substantial issues and concerns regarding the existing system, should the entire system be replaced? Should it be repaired? Can it be replaced? How does one become concerned with the ability to integrate new resources into systems that are proven to be vulnerable and more conducive to the creation of problems than they are to the provision of solutions? Is it time to change the way that alternative energy resources are implemented and/or integrated into the current systems?

    The stability and security of the current power grid is not in question. The entire system is flawed and vulnerable to attacks that would be devastating to the individuals of the world as well as to the nations. An EMP strike, a nuclear blast in the atmosphere and other acts of war would shut down the entire grid rendering their enemies vulnerable to all manner of attack. However devastating such attacks would be, they are not very likely in the current system at least not at the time of this writing though they do remain legitimate concerns. Cyber-attacks, as have been evidenced in Russia, China, the US and perhaps most famously with the Stuxnet Virus in Iran have all shown that the grid is also extremely vulnerable to cyber-attacks as well.

    In the first instance presented here, a government would have to take the rather drastic measure of initiating an open declaration of war. In the second instance, a cyber-attack can be carried out by virtually any individual who has the right programs and even rudimentary skills when it comes to computers and computer hacking. In short, all it would take is one angry kid with a little bit of extra time on his hands to shut down the entire electrical grid for virtually any nation on this earth. There are natural concerns for the existing power grid as well however, and these have never been adequately addressed either.   Solar flares often disrupt power, cell phones and other systems such as those that allow the ATM or Automated Teller Machines to function properly. While such cases have been relatively minor to date, they have created some concern among those who do pay attention to such things. A direct hit from a major solar flare will literally put entire nations at risk, all due to the vulnerabilities of the existing systems already in place.

    Given the existing vulnerabilities of the power grid and the massive costs associated with upgrading the grid on top of the fact that even completely updating the system will not remove all of the major weaknesses of that grid, the entire situation is difficult to understand. It is enough to make anyone with a modicum of reason question why there is such a major effort to tie everything new and improved into this antiquated, out-dated and susceptible system? Can such a system be replaced though? Should it be replaced? These are much more complicated and difficult questions when all of the factors are taken into consideration.

    It should be patently obvious that the grid is broken and should be replaced. As for whether or not it can, is there really any choice? Should individuals and nations remain effectively hostages to the next irritated hacker or would be dictator? Should the people and the nations of this world be put at such risk merely for the sake of protecting an outmoded, out-dated, antiquated and inefficient system? Obviously something has to be done if there is to be any real chance of providing even basic utilities to all of the people of the world. Perhaps more importantly, something has to be done if the world is to remain safe and at peace which are imminently threatened merely because of the risks being taken by allowing the systems to continue as they are at present.

    There have been a great many solutions proposed and since it does not seem likely that the entire grid is ever going to be replaced in a single effort, perhaps a different approach should be considered. Rather than tying every alternative power resource into the grid, the grid, as it exists at present, can be tied into the alternative power resources? While it may sound like the same approach or merely an argument in semantics, such is far from the truth. What if new buildings being constructed were capable of providing the vast majority of their own power completely isolated from the grid? In this way, the grid would serve as more of a supplementary power system and greatly reducing the power loads required ultimately reducing the level of dependence on the antiquated technologies that, despite the best efforts of some of the greatest minds in the world, remains the most inexpensive, dependable and efficient means of power production.

    While coal-powered generator stations may not be the most viable, long-term solution, until they can be replaced by something better, cheaper and more efficient, there is going to be a major reliance on their continued functionality. Even if coal powered plants cannot be shuttered down altogether just yet, there can be a drastic reduction in reliance on the power that they generate. While solar and wind power have severe limitations, they are quite sufficient for running anything that does not require a dead short to ground that is to say, anything that is designed to cool or heat items. Solar and wind power and the current selection of batteries do not yet possess what is required to fuel the capacitors necessary to produce such a constant stream of amperage but they are quite sufficient to produce lighting, run home stereos, televisions and other amenities common to any home that has electrical power. If there is any major restriction, it is in the batteries required to store hat power and the excessive amounts of pollution and hazardous wastes generated in the production, lifespan and disposal of those batteries.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if at the end of the life of the battery, the contents could just be dumped on the ground, washed away and forgotten and the shell of that battery put back into use? Despite the fact that it is not very well known, such a technology is already in place and this can be done without any detrimental impact to the environment. These batteries are already available for everything from the single family, residential home to the city-wide utility plant that requires megawatts of energy storage. All of the necessary equipment is readily available to set everything up for everything from the individual home to the large-scale requirements of substations and even full power plants. It is not difficult to imagine the capacity to install such units in new homes and even commercial and industrial structures in cooperation with newer, more efficient means of capturing solar power and even through the utilization of methane that is created as a natural by-product in the symbiotic relationship between humans and the environment.

    There is a great deal of focus on CO2 and the negative impact it has on the environment. While such issues are a concern and it is absolutely necessary for humans to become better stewards of the environment if they are to survive as a species, CO2 should not be the sole focus when it comes to concerns about the environment and global climate change. It should be noted that without greenhouse gases, there would be no “Greenhouse Gas Effect” which would mean there would be no atmosphere at all. In other words, completely eliminating greenhouse gases would be just as detrimental to life on this planet as would an excess of those gases. Water Vapor is actually the primary component that helps to create the Greenhouse Gas Effect. The second most common greenhouse gas is methane that is naturally produced. This methane can be used in a great many forms to supplement the power supply without the need for fracking or other dangerous means of extracting the natural gases from the environment.

    While CO2 (that should not be confused with Carbon Particulate Matter or Carbon Monoxide both of which are harmful to the environment) should be considered, is it not at least equally important to focus on other gases which are by all accounts, some twenty-five times more potent than CO2 when it comes to issues of Global Climate Change? At present, some sixty percent of the methane spewed forth, unchecked into the atmosphere comes from human activity. Since methane can be used a source of natural gas and can be used to create power, is it not worthy of at least as much focus, if not more than the argument about CO2? Methane is a natural by-product of decaying organic matter, be it animal or plant life. This Methane can be used to directly fuel stoves and ovens for cooking, refrigeration and freezer units, water and air heating units, to fuel cars and even used to produce electrical current through natural gas generators and a select number of fuel cells that can be powered by natural gas or methane.

    Trapping a sufficient amount of the methane that is naturally produced and using that as a means to generate power and then storing that power in “environmentally friendly” batteries will allow for the installation of a sufficient level of power in most buildings to all but eliminate their power requirements from “the grid”. In this way, not only can it minimize the reliance on coal-powered electrical stations, but individuals and nations can rest assured that their power infrastructure will remain in place and functional in all but the worst case scenarios. While this may not eliminate the threat of warfare to the physical infrastructure, it would greatly reduce the ability of any single event to cripple a city, town, state or even an entire nation. Rather than focusing on integrating alternative power resources into the grid, is it not a much more prudent approach to reduce the dependency on the grid while increasing the utilization of other means that are already in place and ready for global implementation?

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