Its a great time to be an engineer, Stanchina told a group of European, Canadian, and western Pennsylvania journalists during a visit organized by the Allegheny Conference. He acknowledged the last decades relative lack of investment in power engineering research and went on to outline a wide range of topics he believes will yield large gains for energy conservation, the addition of clean generation to the national power grid, and the capture of substantial amounts of power wasted across the long lines that deliver power from generators to consumers of electricity.
Power system engineers need to imagine a much larger scale of potential research objectives, Stanchina says. He cites a recent Texas Instruments study, which concluded that economic returns from conservation technologies applied to existing power resources would be higher than those from additions to new generation sources.
Such findings speak to current levels of waste across the nations transmission and distribution networks. Technologies, such as micro-cells and electronic controls, can address these issues by creating efficiency and economy in power distribution, creating smarter controls for networks in neighborhoods, commercial districts, and residential and office buildings.
Source: William Stanchina, Gregory Reed, University of Pittsburgh
Writer: Joseph Plummer
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