Episode #7: ‘Small Modular Nuclear, Zinc Air Batteries, and Microgrids—Oh My!’ Gary Hilberg of Continuum Energy Discusses All - [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

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We’re thrilled to bring you this next episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, featuring another seasoned veteran of Energy Central’s network of experts. Gary Hilberg is the President of Continuum Energy and serves as an Energy Central expert in the Clean Power Group, the Digital Utility Group, and the Energy Efficiency Group. His expertise indeed stretches wide and deep, and his content submissions to the community have reflected many different areas of the utility industry that are undergoing great changes and have immense cause for excitement.

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In this episode, Gary will share with us what is really behind small modular nuclear reactors and why they are poised to disrupt the generation field in the coming decade, before sharing his excitement about technologies that serve to further enhance and optimize the grid, including advanced energy storage and the power unleased due to advanced microgrids. After listening to this episode, you’ll be left for a thirst to learn more about these critical topics, and we hope that desire for information continues to bring you back to the community.

Key Links:

Washington State Intends To Be the Clean Energy State and Nuclear is Key:

New Rolls-Royce mini nuclear power station to be built in the North:

Zin-air battery being deployed in New York aims for extremely low $45/kWh cost:

Microgrids Are Quickly Becoming A Top Solution to Energy Problems:


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Mark Silverstone on Mar 7, 2020

Many thanks for an enlightening discussion on at least three very current and crucial issues. 
Regarding SMRs. I think Gary gave a very balanced view of the issues, both advantages and possible issues.  It may yet be possible that SMRs can gain enough public trust to allow them to compete, at least in particular market situations.

The Zinc- Air battery technology sounds very interesting and at least promising.

I also appreciated Gary's comments on micro-grids and how they might fill some energy needs.

I would like to hear more from this obviously highly knowledgeable profesional.


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Matt Chester on Mar 9, 2020

Agreed, Mark-- we're fortunate to have Gary as one of Energy Central's registered experts!

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Gary Hilberg on Mar 9, 2020

Mark - thanks for the kind comments.  Energy has become more than technology and investment, with all the varying aspects, policies and hopes we have to consider all views and work very hard to heard all positions.  

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