Most of us have been in this situation before; you’re up late cranking away at some work project or homework assignment as thunder and lightning dance outside your window, shaking the whole house. Then the power goes out. All your work is gone, as is your time, and you’re left with frustration and darkness until the power goes back on.
Yet imagine if power outages were a thing of the past? Electric cars could provide the answer, as well as a boost to the U.S. power grid. The U.S. Department of Energy is lending funds to several automakers, including Detroit Electric and Chrysler, in a bid to promote these technologies.
In total, the DOE has released $620 million in funds to develop a smart grid for the U.S. in preparation for electric cars, and better handling our ever-increasing energy needs. Five million of those dollars will go to Detroit Electric Co., Chrysler, NextEnergy, Kema, and National Grid, a company from Great Britain with offices in the U.S. The money is meant to spur “large-scale energy storage, smart meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring devices, and a range of other smart technologies, will act as models for deploying integrated Smart Grid systems on a broader scale,” according to the DOE.
This brings many scenarios to mind. Electric cars storing power in case of an outage, or as some have suggested, even returning some energy back to the grid. A smart grid will allow areas to convey their power needs, so energy can be shifted where it is required. Neat stuff. If the energy can actually be sold back to electric companies it will give early adopters all the more reason to make the switch from petrol to electric vehicles.
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