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Jun 22, 2015

In times when the grid goes down, and there is a possibility of having lives at stake, waiting for days for power to be reinstated is such a long wait. Know more about how microgrid robots can help sustain temporary power.

  • Microgrids can provide power in remote, rugged. and even dangerous places. Problem is, you have to put people in risky situations to build the microgrids โ€“unless you send robots out to do the job.
  • We are working to make microgrid robots (mobile microgrids), a creation that could have a far reaching impact on how we restore power after disasters.
  • Robots now assist recovery efforts in other capacities following disasters.why not take robot capability one step further and have them restore power?
  • This approach will free up manpower to put more effort into saving lives while the robots establish power and communications.
  • For example, after snow storm when the power goes out. In the not-so-distant future, it could mean hours instead of days of cold and dark.
  • The plan: robots scurry safely to a site and determine the problem, then hook up a microgrid to provide power until the real grid can be restored.
  • They can't provide power forever, but 4 robots can form a microgrid; 10 microgrids could provide temporary power to a small neighborhood; and 100 microgrids could relight a community.
  • This is an interdisciplinary problem.
  • We have to bring mobility, power electronics and the underlying controls into one system.

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