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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Isaias Teaches Us a Lesson About The Need for New Adaptable Power Infrastructure

I'm reading the article entitled, "Isaias Severs Power To Millions—Here’s How To Prepare For Future Power Outages" by Dennis Mersereau in Forbes today and I'm thinking about the need to develop new power grid infrastructure to not only protect against extreme weather but also against foreign manipulation and intrusion. Adaptability is the term I would like to use as existing sequential wiring systems are prone to knocking out entire areas as though we are still lighting the existing bulbs by Thomas Edison through some type of Tesla experiment!

It might be time to rethink and redraw our power grid.

If we plan on powering new industries for national growth while becoming more able to "weather" global warming we we need to use the term "adaptable" more often. Such a system has  multiple ways of drawing power into the grid not only from different forms of electric generation but also can distribute that electricity through a neighborhood by multiple inputs. 

The advantage of such a system is that if parts of the power grid go out there could be other inputs into a neighborhood that reroute to keep the power on. That automatic rerouting offers consistency and redundancy. Homes and businesses are not receiving electricity through a single cable line because they are part of a larger adaptive network with multiple inputs and outputs. 

We can also say that with the development of multiple new sources such as solar on homes, ocean currents, windmills, power plants, etc... we should have different ways of receiving and distributing power. If all of the power in sources go out in a neighborhood perhaps we could continue to power through solar in the area leaving some electricity available with minimal use. 

I'm just thinking "out of the box" for a moment about how networks work and the ability to plug in new technologies. We will find that as we move to 5 G and model the electricity grid off of the Internet we will likely see this adaptability increase. 



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