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Elements S4 • E8

Can We Power the World With a Single Energy Grid?

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Published on Jan 9, 2019

China is building a 1.1 million volt power line that will carry power 3,200km. Could this be the beginning of a united global energy grid?

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China’s giant transmission grid could be the key to cutting climate emissions
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“Once the government-owned utility, State Grid of China, completes the project next year, the line will stretch from the Xinjiang region in the northwest to Anhui in the east, connecting power plants deep in the interior of the country to cities near the coast.”

Planet Money: AC Power Versus DC Power Grid
https://www.npr.org/2015/12/02/458127...
“The nation's power grid pulses with a certain type of electricity: AC power. But our team explains why some people are trying to revive the DC power grid.”

The War of the Currents: AC vs. DC Power
https://www.energy.gov/articles/war-c...
“Starting in the late 1880s, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were embroiled in a battle now known as the War of the Currents. Edison developed direct current -- current that runs continually in a single direction, like in a battery or a fuel cell. During the early years of electricity, direct current (shorthanded as DC) was the standard in the U.S.”
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