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İnformation about the electric grid

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The electric grid needs modernizing but most probably have no real idea what it encompasses. Please see http://www.modernizethegrid.com/index.html

The site provides basic information and answers basic questions about the grid.

Electrical types would find it laughably simple but for many of us it is interesting. 
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Well, 24 hours power and water is not a joke. And it is NOT easy. In countries like India, and china, no matter how developed they become, there is always an issue of getting power to the rural areas. India has recently come up with this scheme that got 24 hours water and power to a rural village which is a big big feat.

 

You can read more about it here -

 

http://www.slideshare.net/InnovationIndia/jyotigram-innovation-for-india-award-winner

 

There should be more stuff like this happening around the world, dont you agree?

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Have you heard abt. SmartGrid -

 

A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way digital technology to control appliances at consumers' homes to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability and transparency. It overlays the electricity distribution grid with an information and net metering system.

Such a modernized electricity network is being promoted by many governments as a way of addressing energy independence, global warming and emergency resilience issues. Smart meters may be part of a smart grid, but alone do not constitute a smart grid.

A smart grid includes an intelligent monitoring system that keeps track of all electricity flowing in the system. It also incorporates the use of superconductive transmission lines for less power loss, as well as the capability of integrating renewable electricity such as solar and wind. When power is least expensive the user can allow the smart grid to turn on selected home appliances such as washing machines or factory processes that can run at arbitrary hours. At peak times it could turn off selected appliances to reduce demand. 

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