Tools & Technology

Power Up

On today’s show we look at the modern power grid, which is on the brink of important changes. 

Episode 173 | May 13, 2013

Episode 173: Power Up by Distillations Podcast

Few people spend much time thinking about how the world around them draws its charge—that is, until the lights go out and the hum of electricity fades to silence. On today’s episode of Distillations we explore the changing world of power production. First producer Charlie Mintz explains the technological promise of the power grid 2.0. Then chemist Harry Gray reports on the progress of The Solar Army, which is on a quest to find the key to sustainable solar energy. Finally, check out the newest episode of “A Distillations Explainer,” an animated short where producer Josh Kurz breaks down how batteries work.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:34 Introduction
01:09 A Smarter Grid
10:11 The Solar Army
16:23 Closing Credits


A Distillations Explainer: Batteries” was created by Josh Kurz. For more videos from the series, visit CHF’s YouTube page.

Special thanks to Charlie Mintz and Jennifer Dionisio for researching this show.

Our theme music is composd by Andrew Chalfen. Additional music includes "Isolated,” by Kevin MacLeod from the Free Music Archive. “Lights Out,” by Sonic Youth, and “New Power Generation,” by Prince are featured courtesy of BMI.

Teaser image courtesy of Flickr user brewbooks.