When the lights flicker, we barely notice. Our homes stay warm. Our laptops switch to battery backup. Maybe an old clock radio needs a reset, but otherwise life goes on uninterrupted.
In the world of distributed energy production, however, even a momentary disruption in power can be a big deal. Whether it’s something as small as a voltage fluctuation (think: a squirrel in a transformer or a tree falling on a power line) or something as significant as a cyber attack on the power grid, knowing how the next generation of energy will respond to these disruptions is vitally important.
That’s where Curtiss Fox of the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) comes in. The work he’s doing today at the University’s Energy Innovation Center (EIC) on its Grid Simulator will change the way we power our nation, and even our world, tomorrow.