Moving closer to the mainstream implementation of microgrids
Microgrids have begun to be put into use in places like military bases, hospitals, and data centers, all places where it is imperative that there be a constant supply of electricity. It is time, however, to think about bringing microgrids to the mainstream.
Along with enhancing reliability, microgrids serve another useful function: they can help the larger grid stay in balance. As the world moves toward an energy system that looks more and more like the Internet, with two-way power flows thanks to growing reliance upon on-site sources of distributed generation (DG), this increasingly dynamic complexity requires new technology. But some forms of DG – especially variable renewable resources such as solar or wind — create a greater need for smart grid solutions, such as microgrids.
At a time when the cost of photovoltaic cells is dropping and their efficiency is increasing and our infrastructure is growing older and older, the microgrid are becoming more of a possibility.
Read the whole article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/pikeresearch/2012/10/17/moving-microgrids-into-the-mainstream/