Traditional Grids

•Centralized power generation
•One-directional power flow

•Generation follows load
•Operation based on historical experience

•Limited grid accessibility for new producers


Smart Grid Principal Characteristics, Accomodates All Generation and Storage Options v.3.0,  DOE

Traditional and Smart Grid Differences

Intelligent Grid

•Centralized and distributed power generation
•Intermittent renewable power generation
•Consumers participate in the market
•Multi-directional power flow
•Loads follows generation
•Operation based on real-time data
•Full and efficient grid accessibility

Smart Grid Infrastructure website: https://www.smartgrid.gov/the_smart_grid/smart_grid.html

2014 Wind Market Report

Energy Department Reports Highlight Trends of Growing U.S. Wind Energy Industry

Reports show wind energy industry continued impressive growth in 2014, solidifying America’s position as a global leader in wind energy.

SORCE: http://energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-program


Energy Fundamentals http://en.wiipedia.org/wiki/Energy ;

Green Energy http://coloradoenergy.org/sites/green.asp

The Wind Vision Report  takes America’s current installed wind power capacity across all facets of wind energy (land-based, offshore, and distributed) as its baseline—a capacity that has tripled since the 2008 release of the Energy Department’s 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report—and assesses the potential economic, environmental, and social benefits of a scenario where U.S. wind power supplies 10% of the nation’s electrical demand in 2020, 20% in 2030, and 35% in 2050. The Wind Vision Report builds upon the continued the success of the wind industry to date and quantifies a robust wind energy future

Source: http://energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-vision

Wind Vision for U.S.

This report describes the status of the U.S. wind energy industry market in 2014, its trends, performance, market drivers, and future outlook.

SORCE: http://energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-program

Geothermal heat pumps are able to heat, cool, and, if so equipped, supply homes and buildings with hot water. A geothermal heat pump system consists of a heat pump, an air delivery system (ductwork), and a heat exchanger buried in shallow ground.

In the winter, the heat pump removes heat from the heat exchanger and pumps it into the indoor air delivery system.

In the summer, the process is reversed, and the heat pump moves heat from the indoor air into the heat exchanger. The heat removed from the indoor air during the summer can also be used to provide a free source of hot water.

There are four types of geothermal heat pump systems.

More on it: http://energy.gov/eere/energybasics/articles/geothermal-heat-pump-basics


Distributed energy consists of a range of smaller-scale and modular devices designed to provide electricity, and sometimes also thermal energy, in locations close to consumers. They include fossil and renewable energy technologies (e.g., photovoltaic arrays, wind turbines, microturbines, reciprocating engines, fuel cells, combustion turbines, and steam turbines); energy storage devices (e.g., batteries and flywheels); and combined heat and power systems.

Distributed energy offers solutions to many of the nation's most pressing energy and electric power problems, including blackouts and brownouts, energy security concerns, power quality issues, tighter emissions standards, transmission bottlenecks, and the desire for greater control over energy costs.

Source: http://energy.gov/oe/technology-development/smart-grid/distributed-energy

Smart Grid

Transmission and Distribution System Infrastructure:   https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/electric_power/credits.html   


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