The grid of the future

By Jared Sagoff, Argonne National Laboratory — The outlet in your living room doesn’t know a lot—yet.

cityUnaware of whether they are drawing power from wind, solar, gas, or coal plants, the electrical lines that bring us power in many ways still resemble the chaotic, tangled, unidirectional network that has been in place for a century.

With new and better electronic communication technologies, scientists and engineers from around the country have begun to discuss its replacement: a more adaptable, efficient, reliable, and responsive national electrical network called the “smart grid.” Read more.

September 20, 2013