How Power Blackouts Work

From Practical Engineering. Exploring the protective systems that keep the power grid from self destructing. Get 9 free meals from HelloFresh at https://bit.ly/2pZsuRa and use code Practical9 at checkout. We usually think of the power grid in terms of its visible parts: power plants, high-voltage lines, and substations. But, much of the complexity of power…

World’s Largest Batteries – (Pumped Storage)

From Practical Engineering. The vast majority of our grid-scale storage of electricity uses this clever method. Electricity faces a fundamental problem that comes with pretty much any product that’s provided on-demand: our ability to generate large amounts of it doesn’t match up that closely with when we need it. The storage of electricity for later…

How Water Towers Work

From Practical Engineering. Purpose and function of elevated water storage tanks. The job of finding enough water, making it safe to use, and then reliably distributing it to the system customers with almost no downtime is a monumental task that requires a lot of infrastructure. And, probably the most visible component of a public water…