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US researchers develop new smart grid solution for isolated communities March 13,2012   |  Source: smartmeters.com

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Electric Energy Systems Group (EESG) in the United States developed a new smart energy grid technology that could result in significant reductions in both electricity costs and CO2 emissions for remote islands and coastal communities.

EESG director and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon, said Marija Ilic, explains, “We have developed a suite of computer models, decision-making tools and automation for efficient and reliable integration of wind and other sustainable energy sources. Embedding these tools in energy resources, system users and the power grid itself will enable cost-effective utilization of all assets and can help the economic health of islands worldwide.”

Ilic, along with about a dozen of EESG researchers and their collaborators in Portugal, have developed a real-world database for electric power grids of Flores and San Miguel, two of nine volcanic islands located in the middle of the North Atlantic, approximately 900 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal. Through the database, the team has modeled and assessed the potential of residential and commercial electricity users to participate in a load management program needed to make the most out of inexpensive, clean wind energy.

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