Researcher is working to predict electric power blackouts before they happen
The largest power outage in United States history, the 2003 Northeast blackout, began with one power line in Ohio going offline and ended with more than 50 million people without power throughout the Northeast ...
Why natural networks are more stable than man-made networks
(Phys.org) —Interconnected natural networks, such as the ones formed by neurons in the brain, are known to be more stable and resilient to failure than networks created by humans, such as the Internet. ...
Public consultation on space weather - how should we prepare?
A public consultation on space weather, an area of interest to many RAS Fellows, is currently under way.
Scientists: Strong solar storm heading to Earth (Update)
A strong solar flare is blasting its way to Earth, but the worst of its power looks like it will barely skim above the planet and not cause many problems.
Experiment makes energy savings a game
Let's face it: We're energy hogs. We want more light, we flip a switch. If we're hot, we crank up the AC, without a second thought on the power grid strain. It's what economists call inelastic demand – the resource is widely ...
Google offers big prize for small power box
Google is offering a million-dollar prize for a breakthrough that would make solar or wind generated electricity more enticing for everyday uses.
GOES-R satellite Magnetometer ready for spacecraft integration
The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft.
Industrial control a weak link in cybersecurity, study says
Cybersecurity threats are rising for industrial control systems around the world, a growing target for attackers seeking to wreak havoc, a study showed Thursday.
Connecting dead ends increases power grid stability
Climate change mitigation strategies such as the German Energiewende require linking vast numbers of new power generation facilities to the grid. As the input from many renewable sources is rather volatile, ...
Researchers test distributed computing as defense against cyberattacks on power grids
(Phys.org) —Imagine a cyberattack that does serious damage to the U.S. power grid. The results wouldn't be pretty.
Is the power grid too big? Right-sizing the grid could reduce blackout risk
Some 90 years ago, British polymath J.B.S. Haldane proposed that for every animal there is an optimal size—one which allows it to make best use of its environment and the physical laws that govern its activities, ...
Wind farms can provide society a surplus of reliable clean energy, study finds
The worldwide demand for solar and wind power continues to skyrocket. Since 2009, global solar photovoltaic installations have increased about 40 percent a year on average, and the installed capacity of wind ...
Small biomass power plants could help rural economies, stabilize national power grid, study finds
As energy costs rise, more Americans are turning to bioenergy to provide power to their homes and workplaces. Bioenergy is renewable energy made from organic sources, such as biomass. Technology has advanced enough that biomass ...
Lightning harnessed to protect grid components
The foes of power grids everywhere, lightning and other high voltage currents now can help utilities track the health of components throughout their systems.