How New Technology is Improving the U.S. Power Grid

How New Technology is Improving the U.S. Power Grid _ Blake Zimmerman Houston

In the United States, the essence of electric connection and the vital role it plays in facilitating economic growth and development cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, the national power grid system does occasionally face significant failures because of overloading and other systemic errors. Technology has solutions to offer as far as helping maintain the integrity of the power grid system is concerned.

Engineers who did the national power grid system for the country never designed it to undergo some of the grueling overloads it faces today. Currently aged over 25 years, the system was engineered to last only 30 years.

Blockchain technology, however, can help much in ensuring that our existing power grid system serves us for an extended period of time. The blockchain concept can be utilized to conduct real-time analysis on how much our power grid system is carrying at a particular time. The results of such an evaluation can help determine which existing lines face substantial overloads.

The blockchain concept is ideal as it can take into consideration many other factors such as the population density, geographic location, and the general profile of an area in coming up with proposals on what to do to resolve and protect the grid from catastrophic failures. For instance, real-time data can be collected from the ground and transmitted to servers from where the data is analyzed on potential areas that require an upgrade. It can also come up with solutions such as the need to construct microgrids that can help serve a community better.

The blockchain concept is such an ideal solution in our time. The recently propagated concept of developing electric vehicles which need charging in designated charging stations is fully supported by the idea of integrating technology and microgrids within our power grid system. A blockchain-integrated power grid can, for instance, remotely alert electric vehicle drivers on the next charging stations from where they can power up their vehicles.

Also, the technology makes it possible for electrical engineers and maintenance officers in the national power grid system to monitor the performance of the entire system remotely. Potential failures identified such as voltage spikes that often cause fires can then be identified and warnings sent to nearby fire stations from where precautionary measures can be taken. Through the blockchain data processing concept, the system can also be tuned to propose particular areas which are highly vulnerable to voltage spikes, thereby helping come up with proposals on how microgrids such as green power sources like wind and solar power can be integrated into the system for better performance.

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