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VEHICLE GRID TECHNOLOGY: Car power for your home
Posted By Jorge Chapa On April 18, 2007 @ 12:32 am In automotive,Renewable Energy | 5 Comments
Here at Inhabitat, we feature numerous ways in which you can power your house. Whether by using solar panels , wind turbines , hydrogen, gas, and even geothermal energy , we can say that alternative sources of energy are slowly creeping into our daily usage. Well, now you can add cars  to that list, with PG&E’s new vehicle-to-grid technology  which allows you to power your house with your hybrid car!
Interestingly enough, this technology also has the added benefit of increasing the amount of renewable energy available to the grid. It allows the user, through an agreement with the utility company, to sell back the stored energy on the vehicle, which was collected at night, and send it back to the grid during peak hour, when demand is highest. The technology, as is usual with these prototypes, will not be available any time soon, and is not expected to have wide-scale development before 2012.
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 solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/04/10/breakthrough-in-cheap-solar-power/
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