December 27, 2013
In the land of process when there is an issue you consider if it is direct or indirect from the state of the problem itself. The issue on power must be determined. The state of power is tethered to many functions and one of those is the power grid. The continued failures in power is a reality escalating effecting many when you consider in past weeks cold and ice storms left many without power. The data reveals, as well as the observation supports the “U.S. power grid falls further behind” is a reality in grand proportions to health, safety and functionality.
“Failures in the decrepit U.S. power grid threatened to plunge America into darkness. Some experts believe the solution is a smart grid. The current grid still functions like it did in the 1800s. Something as minor as a fallen branch can cause a power outage. Utilities rely on human intervention to report service interruptions, read electric meters, search for malfunctioning equipment and other mundane tasks.”
“Some of the current grid’s physical equipment has reached obsolescence. Given the outmoded state of the U.S. power grid, we could easily see a repeat of the 2003 blackout that through 50 million people into darkness. Smart grids are self-healing. “The self-healing grid can reduce power outages, minimize their length, detect abnormal signals (whether it’s cyberattacks, material failure, human error or a storm that is beginning to blow), make adaptive reconfigurations to the system, and isolate disturbances to eliminate or at least minimize their impact on the larger system,” said Massoud Amin, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Minnesota,” reports the Smart Grid News.
In 2014, it is a task to deliver a robust energy solution that remains national void of political discord. “A self-healing grid is indispensable during natural disasters. Hurricane Sandy exposed the vulnerabilities of today’s grid.” The aperture in energy requires a remedy to manage the pending downturns from varied predictable and unpredictable factors.
The power gird is a necessary system of integral data, mechanical and intelligence strategies that forms a system of power delivery that must be formidable and redundant to manage climate and other structural changes. Again, it is important to note that the Civil Engineers have reported the U.S. infrastructure with a grade of D plus. This grade without remediation will continue to fall effecting the nation’s infrastructure and power solutions.