Tuesday, October 18, 2005

DG in future grids: will energy islands become a reality?

In modern distribution grids, DG (distributed generation) technologies emergy. The most far going implementation are 'energy islands' with a high degree of autonomy from the central grid. At present, it is uncertain whether such more or less independent energy islands are a good idea from a technical and economic viewpoint. It is worthwhile to observe experiments for such microgrids around the world, in order to determine how we are going to use them in the electricity grid of the future.

1 comment:

Neal Dikeman said...

I think most T&D operators view autonomous "energy islands" as dangerous to their grid stability.

Perhaps as storage and grid scale power conditioning become more widespread, this will change.

I've thought for a long time that this is a very big issue. One of my companies, SC Power is working on superconducting technology for this type of problem.

Neal
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