Smart Grid

Smart Grid

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Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:53pm

 

Check out the new video about the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center. This video demystifies what a smart grid would entail and why it's important. UCLA is helping to advance the smart grid by conducting research in three key areas:

- Electric vehicle (EV) integration into the grid, which is important because EVs will become more common and use EV requires about 5-6 kw of energy, similar to the energy needs of a large house.

- Demand response, which allow EVs to be energy storage devices that could send energy back to the grid when demand for energy is high and supply is limited. Demand response could also enable utilities to control consumer's energy use in case of energy emergencies.

- Microgrids, which enable consumers of energy to go off the grid for short amounts of time and rely on the solar energy they produced, via for example solar panels on their roof, and store in their EV battery.

A smart grid will therefore enable more efficient use of energy and enable cleaner energy sources and transportation alternatives.

 

 

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Check out the new video about the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center.

 

Check out the new video about the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center. This video demystifies what a smart grid would entail and why it's important. UCLA is helping to advance the smart grid by conducting research in three key areas:

- Electric vehicle (EV) integration into the grid, which is important because EVs will become more common and use EV requires about 5-6 kw of energy, similar to the energy needs of a large house.