In February 2012, 99 "discrete series reactors" were installed on the Tennessee Valley Authority 161 kilowatt transmissions lines east of Knoxville according to news reports. They were part of an experiment to see whether a "Smart Wire Grid" (Oakland) could divert current from overloaded lines to under-utilized lines. If so, the power grid was expected to be able to work at a higher efficiency and better adapt to distributed power users and providers. The Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Administration (ARPA-E) sponsored project went live a year and a half ago. Have there been any results or insights gained? These man portable distributed devices certainly look a lot smaller and practical than the massive "shunt reactor" that I saw moved through and installed in western Connecticut 2 years ago. Overall, how are the electric companies doing in this space?
NASA's Orion Flight Software Production Systems Manager Darrel G. Raines joins Planet Analog Editor Steve Taranovich and Embedded.com Editor Max Maxfield to talk about embedded flight software used in Orion Spacecraft, part of NASA's Mars mission. Live radio show and live chat. Get your questions ready.
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