Micro-Grid/Energy-Island Integrated Sustainable Energy Analysis
The first zero-carbon grids will be rural towns, islands, or other micro-grids.
The general path forward to a zero-carbon grid is well assumed. Bring the costs of renewable energy generation down, massively implement energy efficiency, and add batteries to taste. However, as engineers, we know the devil is in the details, and the way forward to a zero-carbon world is fraught with technical challenges. Probably, most of these challenges are yet to be conceived, as we have not yet dealt with electric grids with large amounts of renewable energy. Moreover, we've only begun to consider the consequences of moving the transportation sector and other fuel-based systems over to the electric grid.
Our team feels that to better understand the macro-solutions of the future, it is imperative to understand them on a micro-scale today. For this reason, we are seeking partners to evaluate and analyze energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, and energy storage potential and technologies for micro-grids, also known as energy islands. Energy islands can be quite literally an island. Or, they may be far-flung towns with limited connectivity to the larger grid. Trains, boats, and military bases are other examples of small systems with their own electric generation, distribution, storage, and consumption components.
Our micro-grid studies will:
Blaze the trail to a zero-carbon grid, join us as a pioneer.