How air conditioners could advance a renewable power grid

How air conditioners could advance a renewable power grid

More strategic control of air conditioners could improve the overall efficiency and reliability of the power grid and make it easier to transition to renewable energy, and that’s the goal of a $2.9 million grant University of Michigan researchers have received from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

Utilities maintain customers’ energy supply through a process called “load balancing.” Load is the amount of electricity supplied at any given time, and that load is balanced as power plants continuously ramp up and down to produce enough electricity to meet demand.

However, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind are highly variable, and that can make it difficult for traditional power plants to maintain this supply-demand balance.

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