Installing solar will combat national security risks in the power grid

Posted: May 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Vulnerabilities in the power grid are one of the most prevalent national security threats. The technical community has called for building up the resiliency of the grid using distributed solar energy and microgrids for stabilization. Power production from multiple sources increases the difficulty of triggering cascading blackouts, and following an attack or natural disaster, microgrids can provide localized energy security.

Watts Up With That?

From MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY and the “what happens if they bomb you at night?” department comes this freakishly stupid study that suggests we’ll have better energy security at our military installations by installing solar systems. While microgrids “can” be more reliable that individual grid tied systems, they still don’t generate power when you need it most during a grid induced power outage – at night.

Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid

Vulnerabilities in the power grid are one of the most prevalent national security threats. The technical community has called for building up the resiliency of the grid using distributed energy and microgrids for stabilization. Power production from multiple sources increases the difficulty of triggering cascading blackouts, and following an attack or natural disaster, microgrids can provide localized energy security.

In a new paper published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, an interdisciplinary…

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Comments
  1. marblenecltr says:

    Can’t solar panels be easily fried? Have Faraday cages been developed for them? I am for those things, but protection of the national grid is affordable while it’s loss will be unaffordable.

    • Actually, marblencltr, I’m a big fan of local distributed energy and giving ordinary people more say in how energy is produced and how much they pay for it. So long as we focus on maintaining a national grid, corporate power companies are going to control the energy we depend on and we will continue to have no input. According to Nick Rosen in Off the Grid, the whole idea of developing a national grid had nothing to do with efficient energy delivery (grids are notoriously inefficient – in most cases 10% or more of the energy produced is lost in transmission). Starting a national grid was seen by Edison (and GE – the company he founded) as a way of increasing energy consumption and profits.

      https://stuartjeannebramhall.com/2015/09/09/going-off-the-grid/

  2. futuret says:

    SOME SO CALLED WOULD CLASSIFY ME AS A LIBERAL, BUT NO THE ONLY CLASSIFICATIONS I WOULD ACCEPT, (1) CITIZEN OF THE HEAVENS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST, AND (2) A CONSPIRACY REALIST PERSON. NOW LET US GET BACK TO THE ‘BASICS’, FIRST OF ALL IF THEY WOULD ALLOW MORE RENEWABLES AND RELIED ON WHAT THE HEAVENLY FATHER YAHVEH GAVE US THE SUN, THERE WOULD BE LESS GRID TO PROTECT. LET ME ASK THE QUESTION, HOW CAN YOU BOMB THE SUN??? THEY BETTER NOT TRY IF THEY KNOW WHAT IS GOOD FOR THEM!!!

  3. Futuret, I honestly don’t think supporting renewable energy has anything to do with left or people. I see support across the political spectrum for it.

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