06 Aug '12, 11am

How Technology Can Help Us Beat the Heat Without Crippling the Grid

How Technology Can Help Us Beat the Heat Without Crippling the Grid

A widespread blackout affecting 55 million people across the Northeast and parts of Canada nine years ago, another leaving 620 million people in India without power just this week. Both of these happened in August when temperatures were high and both could have been prevented with clean technology. As temperatures keep hitting record highs around the world, more people will be turning to air conditioning to stay cool. Those surges in energy demand will lead to more burning of fossil fuels and more grid failures, but renewable energy and smart grid technologies could reduce both and let us cool down with less of an impact. Here are some of the different clean tech solutions that will let us beat the heat without crippling the grid. Residential Solar and Other Distributed Power Sources The best way to cool the planet's population without increasing fossil fuel consumption is...

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