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Smart Grids

So what’s a smart grid anyway? Compare it to the internet where one can hook up all sorts of devices that can communicate with each other and exchange data. Replace ‘data’ with ‘electrons’ and we have the idea of a smart grid.

Wikipedia: “A smart grid is a digitally enabled electrical grid that gathers, distributes, and acts on information about the behavior of all participants (suppliers and consumers) in order to improve the efficiency, importance, reliability, economics, and sustainability of electricity services. Smart grid policy is organized in Europe as Smart Grid European Technology Platform… Smart grid technology could play a major role in maintaining the reliability of the electricity system in the future by helping to reduce peak demand and to manage fluctuations in renewables output..

All the ingredients or a smart grid are shown in this picture:
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[International Energy Agency – Smart Grids Roadmaps (pdf/52p)]

SmartGrids: European Technology Platform for the Electricity Networks of the Future:

Smart Grids Explained:

The case against smart grids

IEEE youtube smart grid channel:

Representatives from IBM & Boeing Speak on the present and future of Smart Grid Technology… Part of the CSULB College of Engineering Distiguished Speaker Series (91 minutes).

GoogleTechTalks: “Smart Grid, Utilities, and Internet Protocols”:

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  1. Pingback: How much more efficient would powering our homes and industry be if a full-scale smart-grid was in place? | barnard on wind

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