The sheer number of electrical devices we have means power outages can be one of the most frustrating experiences our lives. The truth is, we are at the mercy of utility companies in receiving a steady supply of electricity and there is a litany of grievances against the grid operators. Beyond having to contend with the unpredictability of blackouts, customers struggle with soaring energy costs, poor customer service, and complicated cost structures. With the recent rash of major natural disasters (Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the latest EF5 Tornado in Oklahoma), consumers are justifiably concerned with the reliability of the grid service.
Given the current energy climate, business and residences who depend on the central grid should begin to explore ways of powering themselves during service outages. And this is where DC microgrids can play an indispensable role. The increasing prevalence of devices operating only on DC means that DC microgrids have the potential to fill the power gap left by central grids during supply downtime. Indeed, some are already turning to their vehicles – themselves DC microgrids, in a way – to keep their devices juiced up.
With the shift to DC expected on essentials such as lighting and appliances, DC microgrids will be crucial in helping to secure reliable power and avoiding the damaging consequences of service outages.
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