Power to the People: Three ways our nation’s electrical grid must change for a brighter future

The world is on the cusp of a renewable energy tipping point; with recent technology advances, green energy generation methods like solar and wind are on the rise.

That’s great news for efforts to slow climate change and decarbonize the energy sector. But in the United States, our aging and outdated energy grid—including 200,000 miles of high-voltage interstate transmission lines and 5.5 million miles of local distribution lines—could be a roadblock in that transition.

To meet that demand, the energy grid needs some big improvements to shuttle electrons from industrial-scale solar and wind farms to factories and cities across the country. That’s why researchers in the College of Engineering are thinking about solutions that will make the system more stable, robust and ready for next-generation power.

Read full story at https://engineering.wisc.edu/news/power-to-the-people/

Note: Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronic Consortium director Giri Venkataramanan, a UW—Madison professor of electrical and computer engineering, has engaged with Innovate Network member organizations/entrepreneurial programs.