On-Demand Microgrids Presented At The Global Cities Teams Challenge
June 8, 2016
The central electrical grid changes dramatically and rapidly from top down topologies to decentralized. Generation patterns as well as consumer behavior become less predictable. The traditional way to deal with those changes would be to upgrade the grid – especially on a low voltage level. In recent years adding the ‘smart’ to it with communicating devices along with analytics has been a growing standard. Upgrades follow long term trends and predictions. After major push in policy and regulation, electric vehicle adoption has trended upwards. All of a sudden, there is a new large consumer of electricity and it is on par with HVAC systems. It is also is mobile, unlike the predecessors that were all fixed. It’s almost inevitable that the grid becomes more mobile as well with increased intelligence. There needs to be flexibility to create microgrid-islands where and when it’s needed.