The New Big Thing In Energy: Microgrids

Small networks of power generators in "microgrids" have the potential to enable communities manage, trade and sell their own power.

"Microgrids are small community networks that supply electricity and heat. They could make substantial savings, and emissions cuts with no major changes to lifestyles, researchers say.

...Microgrids are designed for a smallish community -- a typical UK housing estate for example. They deal much more efficiently with fluctuating power demands which the national grid is not flexible enough to cope with."

Thanks to Ashwani Vasishth

Full Story: Microgrids as peer-to-peer energy

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