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. 

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Furthermore, in the wake of natural disasters, exacerbated by climate change, the effects on the grid are highly unpredictable. Even in areas where the grid is upgraded to the point of maximum consumptions, it could be rendered useless in a blink of an eye after an earthquake, hurricane, or some other event. Rapid deployment of backup supply and distributed power is critical to saving lives. 

With the advanced intelligence layer and analytics hub, FreeWire's Mobi Gens could indeed enable microgrids on-demand. FreeWire’s founders have been invited to speak on the topic at the Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) in Austin, TX on June 13th and 14th. Innovative companies from all over the United States will gather to discuss the role that innovation can play to better serve critical needs in the event of emergencies. Over the last several months, the FreeWire team has also worked hard to develop a Mobi system, especially tailored for rapid deployment for emergency response. Join us for the unveiling at GCTC!

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