Accession Number : ADA546443


Title :   Scalable Energy Networks to Promote Energy Security


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Roege, Paul E.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA546443


Report Date : JUL 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 7


Abstract : In an age of fluctuating energy prices and environmental concerns, engineers and scientists are locked into a worldwide race to improve energy technologies. Through hard work and investment, these innovators are creating more efficient photovoltaic cells, responsive energy management software, and wireless energy transmission devices. Some of the greatest potential gains, however, remain to be harvested through energy system integration and networking, which ultimately will transform all forms of energy into a fungible commodity. Consider current challenges of converting energy and synchronizing sources with loads--for example, capturing solar energy to provide hot water and heat at night, or supplying transportation fuel. We need a paradigm shift that dissolves existing boundaries and enables us to manage energy seamlessly and interchangeably. Modern information networks enable data conversion, distribution, and access through flexible hardware/software components that readily integrate into an endless variety of applications. This network approach has evolved rapidly in recent years, and may offer a useful example for energy systems. Two decades ago, only a few imagined the capability to check out a book or rent movies online; today, school children routinely download entire movies onto their telephones with high-resolution screens that are too small for older adults even to watch.


Descriptors :   *PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS(SEMICONDUCTOR) , *RADIOTELEPHONES , *ENERGY MANAGEMENT , *TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT , *ENERGY , SCHOOLS , NETWORKS , SECURITY , EFFICIENCY , PARALLEL PROCESSING , TRANSMITTANCE , COSTS , FUELS , SOLAR ENERGY , SCALING FACTOR , SYNCHRONIZATION(ELECTRONICS) , NIGHT , ONLINE SYSTEMS , HEAT , TELEPHONE SYSTEMS , PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT , INTEGRATED SYSTEMS , TRANSPORTATION , SOURCES , DATA PROCESSING , COMPUTER PROGRAMS , CONVERSION


Subject Categories : ELECTROOPTICAL AND OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICES
      NON-ELECTRICAL ENERGY CONVERSION
      ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE