I = PAT
“How can we represent environmental impact based on resource consumption?”
Every society has an environmental impact. But since each society has different levels of resource consumption and utilization, each one is different. So how can we quantify this? Well, we can measure impact based on the average of the amount used multiplied by its energy efficiency and the total population. This is known as the I = PAT equation where I is the Environmental Impact P is the Total Population A is the Level of Affluence (how many resources are used) and T is the Technological Efficiency.
The US Interconnections
“How is the US power grid divided up?”
The United States is a large country. Spanning between two major oceans, it is truly a wonder to behold. But this might be too large for a single interconnection. Instead, the US is divided up into multiple separate interconnections, which together make up The US Interconnections. It is mainly divided between the Western and Eastern Interconnections, with the Texas Interconnection being a small subset.
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The Circular Economy
“How do we need to rethink our approach to consumption?”
Widespread industrialization has lead economically developed societies to think of products of having a finite linear lifespan. However, with the advent of climate change, this needs to change drastically. Instead, manufactured products will need to be recycled and reutilized in a Circular Economy. This will ensure maximum resource utilization and minimize carbon emissions.
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“How can we have hyper distributed electricity generation?”
With the advent of climate change, distributed energy resources are proliferating at ever-expanding rates. However, sometimes this decentralized generation must be taken to the utmost levels to ensure infrastructure vitality. Anything of less than or equal to 500 kW of distributed energy generation is known as Dispersed Generation. An Example of dispersed generation includes rooftop photovoltaics.
India’s Regional Grids
“How is India’s national grid divided?”
India’s national grid is a modern engineering marvel that is able to keep electricity to the whole country flowing. But it rests on top of five Reginal Grids which power the North, South, West, East, and Northeast of the country.
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India’s National Power Grid
“What connects all of India’s electricity sector together?”
India is one of the largest countries in the world and is about to become the most populous as well. And it must find a way to meet the electricity needs of its citizens. This is done through a National Power Grid, which connects 5 regional grids through high voltage electricity. This allows for power trading and stabilization when necessary.
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How RESCOs Can Help Rural Electrification
“How can RESCO companies help with rural electrification?”
Rural households often lack the capital to install complete renewable energy. But by partnering with RESCOs, they can realize this by only having to pay for part of the equipment. This is How RESCOs Can Help Rural Electrification.