30 Jan '15, 9pm

Nanoballs Inflate Voltage Capacity of Power Cables, Save Energy

Nanoballs Inflate Voltage Capacity of Power Cables, Save Energy

While nanotechnology gets a lot of attention for enabling news types of energy generation, such as photovoltaics , or ushering in a new energy storage technology , it may in fact be in the mundane role of energy savings and efficiency where it may hold the most promise. Along these lines, researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have demonstrated that the addition of carbon nanoballs (also known as C60 , Buckyballs, and fullerenes) into the plastic insulation used in high-voltage lines enable the cables handle up to 26 percent more voltage than standard cables. This development holds particular promise as we become increasingly dependent on alternative energy sources, such as wind turbines out at sea, where the source of the energy has to travel significant distances before it makes it way to the grid. "Reducing energy losses during electric power tra...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/green-tech/wind/fuller...

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