Our electric grid is remarkably robust, but the next big storm or calamity can still bring costly, disruptive power outages. An entirely new way to monitor the flow of electricity through the grid is giving us deeper insight into its operating state - knowledge that can diminish outages and increase stability. A new instrument, called a micro-synchrophasor, puts a whole new twist on visibility of the the grid.
There’s no place like home, and i4Energy researchers know it, turning their own new building into a laboratory for leading-edge demand response approaches. Sutardja Dai Hall is CITRIS headquarters on the UC Berkeley campus. The goal: to develop intelligent control for its electricity load, and reduce peak demand by at least 30%.