21 Sep '12, 5pm

Solar & Wind Energy Stabilize the Power Grid

But there has previously been some talk that such a dense grid would be rather hard to synchronize. In contrast to that assumption, though, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen “have now discovered in model simulations that consumers and decentralized generators may rather easily self-synchronise. Their results also indicate that a failure of an individual supply line in the decentralized grid less likely implies an outage in the network as a whole, and that care must be taken when adding new links: paradoxically, additional links can reduce the transmission capacity of the network as a whole.” In terms of the power grid, synchronization is the coordinated dynamics of power-usage and supply to the same timing. In nature, there are many systems that seemingly self-synchronize — neurons in the brain regularly fire simultaneo...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/09/21/solar-and-wind-energy...

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