Backup Power



Who Will Dominate This Century?

Which country(ies) are best positioned to exert themselves?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 11:14 AM

Executive Summary

  • The key requirements for being a word power
  • Is the "superpower" model sustainable in today's age?
  • The key ability to leverage resources
  • Which country(ies) is most likely to dominate in this century?

If you have not yet read Who Will Be Tomorrow's Superpower? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we surveyed the nature of power to explore the concept of superpowers.  In this Part 2, we look at power as the ability to solve problems.

What Are the Available Resources?

Solving problems in the real world is not an abstract project, though abstract concepts may undergird the solutions. In the real world, we have to use whatever resources are available, with an eye on cost, scale and sustainability.

Alternative energy offers a useful example. Almost everyone agrees that alternatives to fossil fuels would be beneficial, but what is generally overlooked is the tiny scale of alternatives in the current scheme of things.  Depending on what’s being included as alternative (hydropower, etc.), alternative energy sources currently comprise a few percentage points of total energy consumption.

To scale alternatives up to even 50% of current consumption will require not just a monumental amount of capital investment; it also requires the invention and manufacture of new systems of energy storage on an equally vast scale.

As has been noted many times, this capital investment includes an extended period of fossil fuels consumption, as we need huge amounts of energy to construct alternative sources and storage systems. Some have characterized this as building an aircraft in the air while keeping your current aircraft aloft.

As Peak Prosperity members know well, capital has a variety of forms, all of which work together: financial, intellectual, social, human, cultural and symbolic. All these forms of capital must be... » Read more

What Should I Do?

Prius Backup Generator

Running an Inverter off a Prius for Backup Power

Building power resilience with your hybrid car
Monday, November 5, 2012, 2:49 PM

The experiences of extended power outages of up to a week due to past ice storms in New England showed that my household systems were fairly resilient. I normally use wood for heat and propane for cooking, neither requiring electricity. The town water system that supplies my household has a backup generator at the treatment plant, and my onsite septic system is gravity-only. Minor loads such as a radio and lights can be powered by rechargeable batteries or a small inverter in my truck. However, the inability to operate my refrigerator/freezer during an extended power loss, while not a matter of survival, was a significant inconvenience. Protecting the year's supply of frozen vegetables and chicken produced from my backyard was desirable, especially during warmer months when food cannot simply be placed outside in the snow. » Read more

Deal of the Week

Duracell Powerpacks - Special Offer

Now extended to August 7, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 7:01 PM

We are pleased to announce that PrepareDirect is offering members a special discount of 5% off Duracell Powerpacks.

These powerpacks can provide you with emergency and off-grid power when you need it the most, and many models provide additional functionality beyond just providing power.

With the ability to inflate tires, jump-start a car, and provide lighting, these powerpacks can be a multi-functional tool in your auto and around the house. 

Specifically, PrepareDirect is offering us:

  • A 5% discount on Duracell Powerpacks
  • Free shipping on orders over $99.00

Click here to take advantage of this offer; use Coupon Code: PEAKPOWER5, exclusive to readers. Offer will be valid through the month of July 2012. » Read more