Researchers Turn to Microgrids to Improve Energy System Efficiency

Read the full story in R&D Magazine.

Microgrids—local energy grids with independent control capabilities—have significant benefits when it comes to delivery energy to homes, business and other buildings.

These energy systems are typically connected to the  central power grid, but can break off and operate independently using local energy generation powered by distributed generators, batteries or other renewable resources.

A group of researchers from Lehigh University, the Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute North America and Zhejiang University in China are working to improve microgrids, developing a new robust direct current (DC) microgrid system that can deliver energy safely without interruptions from inclement weather or system overload due to peak consumption.

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