7 cutting edge resiliency technologies (New York is investigating them now)



Quick Take:  Many American states originally got behind smart grid programs because they promised to give customers tools and information to reduce their bills. That never seemed to really motivate New York state. But after superstorm Sandy, the state and its Governor Andrew Cuomo jumped onto the resiliency bandwagon in a big way.


True to form, the state recently awarded $3.3 million to seven different research projects, almost all of them directly related to resilience, as Transmission & Distribution World documents in a recent article. Two of them will test ways that computers can analyze pictures in ways only possible by humans before. And four relate to microgrids. - Jesse Berst


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded $3.3 million to seven research teams to develop technologies that add resiliency and efficiency to New York State's electric grid.


Radar for faster restoration. Enhance storm model predictions by incorporating radar data to better estimate damage on a local basis.


Aerial damage assessment. Analyze aerial pictures to locate line damage and pinpoint outages.


Using computers to analyze pictures for possible problems. Computer algorithms to recognize potential problems from smart phone pictures sent in by witnesses.


Non-synchronous connection between the grid and a microgrid. Pilot a project to allow a shopping mall microgrid  to export power to the larger grid during outages.


A resilient underground microgrid. Pilot a large, underground microgrid for a region susceptible to outages due to storms and flooding.


Integrating distributed energy into a microgrid. Pilot sophisticated modeling to integrate building controls, on-site renewables and on-site storage into a campus microgrid.


Coordinating microgrids. Enhancing "cooperation" between the main grid and multiple microgrids.


Jesse Berst is the founder and Chief Analyst of SGN and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition.


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