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Excellent Explanation of Smart Grid Technology

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Here is a very clear, accessible explanation of smart grid technology, including its capabilities and some of the barriers involved.

Smarter Design

May 05, 2010

Warren Causey

Electrical network design is a complex, continuously evolving process. Energy Central’s Sierra Energy Group says that as many as 150,000 people are working on this arcane pursuit.

Many of these people have engineering degrees that enable them to deal with the complex mathematical and scientific calculations necessary to deal with America’s complex and constantly growing electrical grids. Whenever a new generation source comes online, engineers have to design the system that will take the power from the station, get it to the correct voltages for the transmission system, specify all the proper equipment and supervise the construction. At the other end of the grid, when a new subdivision — or even one house — is added, similar steps are taken at lower voltages.

Read the entire article here.

Written by Jason

May 6th, 2010 at 2:43 pm