Momentary Outages: An Inconvenient Problem Millennials Won’t Tolerate
- Aug 26, 2019 11:22 pm GMT
This item is part of the Special Issue - 2019-09 - Distributed Energy Resources, click here for more
It’s no secret distributed energy resources (DERs) have impacted the grid. For the last several years, much of industry’s discussions have revolved around two-way power flow and how the traditional, one-way system must fundamentally change to adapt to DERs. This change is monumental because it is reinventing the largest machine in the world, the U.S. power grid, which is more than 110 years old and needs help keeping up.
Yet there’s more to DERs than two-way power flow, and many are overlooking some of the wider implications that affect not only the grid changes needed now, but what’s required to build a safe and reliable system for the future. The engineering characteristic of the grid is changing. Lower inertia, when combined with voltage fluctuation, puts the focus on blinks of power outages—momentaries, as the power industry terms them—that can last as long as 5 minutes.
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