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A Power Grid for the Hydrogen Economy: Overview/A Continental SuperGrid

  • As the 2003 blackouts in North America and Europe vividly testify, the current power grid is struggling to meet growing demand for electricity and the coming shift from fossil-fueled power and cars to cleaner sources of energy.
  • For several years, engineers have been designing a new infrastructure that would enable cities to tap power efficiently from large nuclear and renewable energy plants in distant and remote locations.
  • SuperCables would transmit extraordinarily high electrical current nearly resistance-free through superconducting wires. The conduits would also carry ultracold hydrogen as a liquid or high-pressure gas to factories, vehicle fueling stations, and perhaps one day even to home furnaces and boilers.
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