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Imagine the Energy Smart Grid hardware as sentient machinery without the need for software upgrades or “fixes” once the marriage of programming and the SMART Grid is originally created, (hardware intrinsic permanent memory with the capability of reading functional history and holding present “real time” self-adjusting properties by Artificial Intelligence (AI) learning).  The field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already worked with machinery learning in robotics with huge success. “The robot is connected to IT systems from the field of ­Artificial Intelligence, which can understand and interpret spoken questions people ask. Thus, operators and robots can collaborate intuitively. ...A semantic card is thus created, which grows continually thanks to machine learning.” (“SELF-LEARNING ROBOTS THANKS TO AI”; FUTURE MARKETS MAGAZINE, Festo). The challenge with hardware centric systems is finding enough memory in the system to accommodate response needs without having to perform maintenance on information overloads. Currently, particular attention is being paid to cloud operations as a way to check memory losses by free pulling accesses and to provide for faster computational growth.

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Today’s Energy Producer/Consumer Grid functions as a net of current individual generator and use point flows and interactions. When considering the Energy Grid of the future, it is possible to imagine the Grid turned into domes spreading over user population sections held at the edges by hardware and connected to other Energy domes through conductive transmission and distribution lines, “spider legs”, functioning in two way reversible electricity current to contain and respond to situational electricity draw and feed requirements. “Transmission lines are highly interconnected for redundancy and increased reliability of electricity supply, as this map of U.S. transmission lines shows. There are three main transmission networks across the United States: the Western Interconnection, the Eastern Interconnection, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).” (“How The Electricity Grid Works”; Union of Concerned Scientists; February 17, 2015). Instead of increasing the volume of transmission and distribution lines, the spider leg presence on the Energy Grid would follow a pattern of electrical current mobility with retraction and expansion reach movement to and from load points for best user electricity need variations.

Creating Energy pod domed colonizations where the functional Energy Grid is visualized as a colonization nested web instead of a cross-hatch of Energy producer and user flows and loads is within our grasp of forward Energy Grid developments. These Energy pod domes could be arranged in a concentric configuration similar to an artichoke heart where the individual leaves are triangular and come together at the tips with the base arranged in a circle. “A microgrid is a local energy grid with control capability, which means it can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously.” (“How Microgrids Work”; ENERGY.GOV; June 17, 2014). Microgrids could be used as Energy Grid pod dome “holds” connecting to make a seamless pod dome Energy field and situated as support under each “artichoke leaf” for quick isolation of localized Energy Grid problems. Each hardware supported section triangulated from the circle could open and close independently as well as working as a seamless part of the entire pod dome (user field) participating for single triangulated re-configurations during electricity outages or power emergencies without having to disrupt an entire Energy pod domed colonization during maintenance. This would make it easier and safer to restore normal Energy Grid function as the opened area portions of the Energy pod domes needing repairs could be easily grounded inactive without affecting the rest of the electricity user pod dome area.

One of the outfalls of an Energy Grid pod dome colonization would be less sustainable electricity use from tribal isolated users. An alert system placed on the pod domes’ spider leg transmission and distribution connective communication relays is expected to have a built-in decision to retract operations if compromised. Energy pirates and vampires bleeding the pod domes’ electricity generation would have to attack through the spider legs as the pod dome is given as an entire concentric Energy field held by Micro Grids making it less likely to be tapped for an Energy resource from the outside without compromising the spider legs first. “While renewable energy systems are capable of powering houses and small businesses without any connection to the electricity grid, many people prefer the advantages that grid-connection offers.” (“Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Systems”; Energy Saver; ENERGY.GOV). If an Energy user resides outside the pod domed configuration or colony grouping of spider domes, choosing attachment to the Energy Grid web might cause confusion in the AI systems by identifying an “unknown” or “foreign” presence leading to AI independent action against the intrusion. In all probability, Energy Grid “free zones” could create incapable electricity sustainment desert territories marked for supporting their own Energy needs as remote places or sparsely populated areas without a choice to enter the Energy pod dome field territories and required to remain off of the Energy Grid permanently.

When thinking ahead, transforming the Energy Grid is both an exciting and timely decision waiting on development and forward technology use that is quickly arriving today. It is not too early or too late to begin thinking of the next steps for the Energy Grid development. Energy storage is also a part of the consideration for the Energy Grid’s future. Rather than relying on Energy Grid storage facilities or containment units, continual electrical current circulation based on use and “return keeps” at load points might be a better investment opportunity. Systems built for constant electrical current circulation require a partial power or torque absorption motor or generator in order to handle surges from Energy distribution sources. These models of electricity load delivery would bring an appropriate electricity current to the end user and store any unused charges (including bleed offs) at the load delivery point with a circulation moderator to even out irregular fluctuations in “on and off” uneven electricity draws. This would avoid Energy source disturbances by eliminating electricity generator operation adjustments and would assist modulated supply and demand automatically correcting Energy field composition of the spider pod domes for constant regularity of the projected pod domes as a complete containment field.

Artificial intelligence (AI) or sentient machinery is already arriving in full use areas of the Energy SMART Grid. Energy Grid domes, with Energy field creation from generators and distributors as crucial Micro Grid Energy pod dome “hold” points, are not too far into the future. The SMART Energy Grid of the near future can be conceived as centralized use pod domes resting on the “web” design pattern of SMART Grid Energy redrawn for Energy pod dome colony communities. Energy principle Energy SMART Grid communications may be maintained as a neural network intelligence model holding all of the pod dome "spiders' on the major connective power line designs. Electricity users left in an Energy desert apart from the radius of any given Energy pod dome colonization might result in non-communicative off-grid attempts at Energy self-reliance. Energy storage, moving forward, might keep constant current and current absorption at the electricity load points in order to maintain a constant pod dome Energy field from disruptions. Microgrid sections held under the “spider leg” connected Energy pod domes would ease maintenance burdens and are already in Energy Grid planning prototypes. When attempting to plan the future for the Energy Grid, stepping up modern technology use is stepping into the present day and time coming as soon as tomorrow. Dreams for the next level Energy Grid developments are here and possible.   



2.   “How The Electricity Grid Works”; Union of Concerned Scientists; February 17, 2015.

3.  “12 Emerging Technologies That May Help Power The Future”; Georgia Tech Research Horizons; Issue 1, 2016.

4.   ENERGY.GOV (Department of Energy).

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