What’s This Talk About a “Smart Grid”?

What’s This Talk About a “Smart Grid”?

Anyone who has been paying attention to discussions related to energy policy over the past few years has been hearing about a new “smart grid” that has the potential to play a major role in meeting the energy requirements of the United States in the coming decades. Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway’s Vice Chairman, made a number of comments regarding the smart grid at the Berkshire Hathaway and Wesco Financial meetings. Let’s take a look at the smart grid and its implications in this article.

Bill Ford Interview on Battery Technology

I found an interesting video interview with Bill Ford that is applicable to recent articles on this site regarding electric vehicle technologies. Ever since Berkshire Hathaway announced its investment in BYD, I have tried to follow developments in the industry. BYD’s new e6 electric car appears to be a breakthrough in terms of performance and range. Since I posted a number of videos of BYD’s founder Wang Chuanfu, it seems appropriate to post Bill Ford’s view of the industry as well which appears in the video in this article.

Better Place Unveils Automated Battery Exchange Technology

The Wall Street Journal reports that Better Place Inc. has demonstrated its battery exchange technology for the first time in Yokohama, Japan. The company has posted a video demonstration of the process in which a specially designed electric car has a depleted battery exchanged for a recharged battery in under a minute. This post includes two video interviews with Better Place founder Shai Agassi explaining the technology and vision for his company.

More on BYD and Wang Chuanfu

I have been reading more on BYD’s history and the path taken by Wang Chuanfu over the past several years. Perhaps the most revealing story I have found was published in the Financial Times in November. The FT article goes into considerable detail regarding BYD’s strategy and background, but what I found most interesting had to do with the work ethic involved in building this company from the ground up over a very short time frame.


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