Finding New Energy from Wasted Energy

There have been worries over the last few years about where Texas will get the future energy they need to power our expanding economy. The electricity demand on the grid in Texas continues to get worse and our power generation infrastructure has not been able to keep up.

Fascinating science however is finding out things that we could only dream about a few short years ago. Take for instance new metal alloys only recently discovered as little as a year ago. It is known as: Ni45Co5Mn40Sn101. Whatever that means 🙂

There is one known alloy material that was discovered at the University of Minnesota that can directly take heat and convert it to electricity at the lowest hysteresis ever found. This simply means it converts heat to electricity better then anything currently in the market. Imagine this working on a car exhaust or electricity turbine?

Although most of us practically look at things like our current power infrastructure such as the natural gas and coal fired power plants we mainly use to produce electricity in Texas we may be able to make these plants much more efficient in the not so distant future.

Imagine being able to take the heat coming off of steam generated turbines that are already heating metal in these generation facilities and send that on to the electric power lines.

You could drastically reduce the waste of burning fuel only to then create a another form of power. When you burn up fuel you lose some of that resource when electricity is generated so any way to capture that energy as it turns to heat is a great benefit.

The alloy is a  multiferroic composite of nickel, cobalt, manganese and tin. The metal can be non-magnetic and highly magnetic based on what temperature it gets heated up to. Having magnetism and a permanent electric polarization is very rare for an alloy.

A small increase in temperature is all that is needed for the metal to go from non-magnetic to very magnetic. Unfortunately this metal loses some of the heat energy but a good amount of it is converted to electricity. The positive aspect to this alloy is that it has a very low hysteresis compared to other things which allows it to be the most efficient method of turning large amounts of heat energy into electricity that would have normally gone to waste.

A common example to help explain just how this metal could work is the idea of capturing the heat from a car exhaust and allowing that heat to be converted into electricity.

General Motors is already working on similar devices for their vehicles but the efficiencies is nothing like what is found in this new alloy. You will likely see this alloy being deployed in future cars, power generation plants and other applications in the future.

If you would like to read more about this topic please visit this link: popsci.com and watch the video below.

The Future of Electric Cars in Pasadena, Texas and is this good for your electric bill?

chevrolet volt electricity powered carResidents of Pasadena, Texas may soon see electric cars everywhere. Certain areas in Texas were picked to be the test market for Volt from Chevrolet. According to the US government the Volt is an electric car, not a hybrid car like others currently being sold but when the car entered the market it was discovered to be a hybrid like all the others.

The Volt is a car that will run on electricity for about 35 miles. That means that you will not be burning fuel during your morning drive to your Pasadena, Texas job. If the Volt and other electric cars are successful, there may soon be no need for fuel-driven cars. The negative to the Volt is that when comparing it’s fuel efficiency to other cars it doesn’t fair so well. After the initial 35 miles of driving with fuel ecomony at around 93 miles a gallon via electric power you are switched to gasoline fuel and you only get 37 miles to the gallon.

Note: we have done a conversion to show you what the electric power delivers in miles in miles per gallon of gasoline even though we are talking about kilowatt hours here. There are 33.7 kilowatt-hours in a gallon of gasoline. If you are paying 11 cents per kilowatt hour than that would cost $3.70 per gallon equivalent of gas. So in the case of an electric car you are paying more and you are not converting fuel at a 1 to 1 ratio therefore you are actually polluting the environment more it’s just concentrated at the power generation facility and not your city.

Saving our fossil fuels is a concern for everyone, including the residents of Pasadena, Texas. Electric cars appear to be a way to conserve these precious fuels and help the environment but in reality the power plants that create the electricity for the car are burning natural gas and oil. These fuels are not converting power at a 1 to 1 ratio. This means your car is inneficient simply because it uses electric power.

If you are considering an electric car in your future, you may probably wonder what it will do to your electric bill. After all, these cars have to be plugged in and your electric usage will rise. Fortunately, you have the freedom to choose your Pasadena, Texas electric provider which will allow you to find the cheapest rate.

Use our comparison chart to see the rates of area providers. You may or may not be using the cheapest electric service. By switching providers to one with a lower rate, you can purchase your electric car with no worries. Lower rates mean a lower electric bill. Get started now by using our comparison chart and see what a difference a few cents can make. When electric cars become the “norm”, you will be prepared because you will already be saving money on every kWh that you use.

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