Thursday, September 12, 2013

Microgrids and Superstorm Sandy

Microgrids become reality as Superstorm Sandy's anniversary nears
September 11, 2013 - In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, when most of lower Manhattan was a sea of darkness, New York University's Washington Square campus shone like a beacon in the night.

"The entire neighborhood was dark -- everything. And then there was us," said John Bradley, NYU's assistant vice president of sustainability, energy and technical services. "It really was a little surreal."

Swaths of Manhattan below 36th Street were powerless after Sandy hit, due to pre-emptive shutdowns and severe flooding that knocked out a power station in the East Village. But key buildings on NYU's campus stayed alight thanks to a self-sufficient microgrid system, designed to distribute electricity independently of Consolidated Edison Inc.'s main grid network. read more>>>

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