Modernizing the Grid: Hydrogen Fuel Cells Offer Innovative Enhancement to Substation Reliability
- Jun 23, 2020 10:44 pm GMT
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Faced with the crucial job of keeping the lights on, refrigerators cold and life-support machines running for millions of customers, utilities do not take their core job of resilient power generation lightly. They maintain tons of heavy equipment, sophisticated electronic devices, computerized monitoring systems, emergency preparedness and disaster response plans. Beyond the utility’s own corporate standards and best practices, their operations are strictly audited by governmental regulations and external assessors. So, it is no wonder that utilities as organizations have tended to be resistant to change. While the energy grid has aged and in parallel the demand for power has continued to increase, creating increasing pressure and challenges, the penetration of new technologies has been relatively slower than in other sectors.
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