What is a microgrid?

by frog

frogblog reader Andrew E pointed me to this interesting article about “microgrids” – which could save a great deal of energy without changing lifestyles. The BBC reports:

Small networks of power generators in “microgrids” could transform the electricity network in the way that the net changed distributed communication.

That is one of the conclusions of a Southampton University project scoping out the feasibility of microgrids for power generation and distribution. 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. Electricity suppliers are aiming to meet the UK government’s Renewables Obligation, requiring them to generate 15% of electricity from renewable sources by 2015.

Microgrids, say the researchers, could easily integrate alternative energy production, such as wind or solar, into the electricity network. They could also make substantial savings and cuts to emissions without major changes to lifestyles, according to lead researcher, Dr Tom Markvart.

With technology coming on stream all the time, moving to sustainable energy use will certainly be doable. It will just become a question of political will and imagination…

frog says

Published in Environment & Resource Management by frog on Mon, September 26th, 2005   


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