Sunday, May 13, 2012

ASU, SRP Partner to make Solar A Secure Power Source

A group of Arizona State University Polytechnic students has partnered with SRP on a project that aims to make accessing solar and other alternative energy more reliable.
Dr. Scott Pollat talks with his students Eric Hinkson, left,
and Mike Hoffnagle, both undergrad ASU students in the
electronics engineering technology program, about a scaled
prototype for a Microgrid at ASU's Polytechnic Campus on
Thursday, April 26, 2012

A common misconception about household solar-power systems is they create a more secure power supply. The truth is that most solar households are connected to the grid and in a blackout lose power just like everyone else, even if the sun is shining.

Although rooftop solar-power systems reduce the amount of natural gas that utilities burn to make electricity, having many of them on the power grid makes utility operations more complicated because power can be flowing to and from customers and the production of it fluctuates due to cloud cover.

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