Smart Grid Breakthrough Is Inside the Box

Wouldn’t it be great if the solution to integrating renewable energy technologies into the smart grid was as simple as a magic black box that had the ability to deliver 60-Hz AC power in a constant, perfect sine wave, no matter we put into it?

That magic box looks like it might be real, and it’s the subject of a recent announcement from the Technology Development Division of Texzon Utilities, an energy company, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The two parties have agreed to collaborate on further developing the Ring Power Multiplier (RPM), an innovative power conditioning and energy storage device. Think of it as a “grid stabilizer” that serves to reconcile variable power supply with erratic customer demand. See this video for details.

image via Texzon Utilities

The essential function of the device is to provide instantaneous power protection by storing energy in a continuous electro-magnetic wave. This allows it to eliminate harmonic distortion, magnify power; and deliver it at 50/60 Hz on demand. It also serves as a continuous load for utility generation facilities; preventing facility operators from having to respond to peaks and valleys in customer demand. These features could make the RPM a breakthrough solution for the smart grid, and for integrating intermittent renewable energy technologies, like wind and solar, into the existing grid infrastructure.

The RPM technology was invented by Dr. James Corum, a scientist and physicist known for his electromagnetic research. Two patents have been awarded on the technology, with additional patents pending. “The opportunity to partner with Oak Ridge Labs, the DOE’s premier science and energy laboratory, is a critical milestone in the development of the RPM,” said Texzon CEO Steve Wilson.

Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).


  • Reply September 10, 2011


    wow, a 60Hz laser!

  • Reply February 15, 2012

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