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What Does a Grid Need to Be Resilient?

Resilient grid

Recent experiences in the United States demonstrate that new technologies and systems, including mini-grids and the communication and automation technologies that sync them with traditional power sources, can help prevent energy crises like the one being experienced in Puerto Rico

When we talk about renewable energy sources like solar and wind we need appropriate forecasting as it can affect the grid integrated to the solar or wind system as it can lead to frequency fluctuations, along with appropriate forecasting we need to have data for demand and supply in which area and at what time as demand and supply prediction along with appropriate forecasting will be helpful in making a grid resilient.

But grids need more to be resilient.

Hurricanes

It has been more than a month since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and still some 60 percent of the island (close to one million customers) remains without power. The situation has risen to the level of a humanitarian crisis: the lack of power also translates to deficits of clean water, refrigeration for food, and essential medicines (even as disease-spreading conditions escalate), and vital telecommunications. Schools in U.S. mainland areas with large Puerto Rican communities – including Miami, New York, and other East Coast cities – are preparing to receive thousands of new students as families abandon the island rather than potentially going months without basic services.

Resilient grids

As climate change exacerbates the risk of extreme weather events, resilience in energy systems will become more important. In many places, climate change fueling conflict and migration and making affordable, reliable electricity services in refugee camps that much more essential. Scholars and policy practitioners alike are finding that there is a strong “human, economic, and environmental case to be made for improving energy access” for refugees and other displaced communities.

Smart and storage

Intelligence, energy storage, low carbon intensity, cyber secure, few outages, consistent up time, quick repairs and restoration. Ammonia Fuel and energy storage can help on many of these points of resilience.

Recent experiences in the United States demonstrate that new technologies and systems, including mini-grids and the communication and automation technologies that sync them with traditional power sources, can help prevent energy crises like the one being experienced in Puerto Rico, and also better serve those who have no choice but to migrate to refugee camps.

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