When we walk into a room and switch on the lights we take what happens next for granted. In an instant, electricity powers lights, computers, air conditioning, TVs and so much more. But as reliable as the power system is, transmission lines can be knocked down during storms. Meanwhile, the U.S. military faces other challenges when it needs to establish a base in the middle of nowhere and reliable power systems aren’t available. So, what’s the solution?
On this edition of UWM Today, we talk to two UWM experts who are developing microgrids — systems that can deliver a range of power alternatives just in time and just where it is needed. Adel Nasiri is a professor and Rob Cuzner is an associate professor of electrical engineering in UWM’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.