31 Jan '17, 5pm

Innovative Direct-Current Microgrids to Solve India's Power Woes

Innovative Direct-Current Microgrids to Solve India's Power Woes

So too could India’s electrification follow an unconventional, disruptive path. We hope that solar DC microgrids paired with UDC meters evolve like India’s cellular network, leapfrogging over traditional infrastructure. Introducing DC lines into the home will naturally boost the market for DC appliances, which in turn will begin to edge out more power-hungry AC alternatives. Over time, those appliances as well as the microgrid equipment will become more affordable, even for rural villagers with little income. And as households consume far less energy and generate that energy right where it’s used, their utility bills will drop. As homes become less dependent on the traditional grid, they’ll be less affected by power cuts; eventually, such outages will disappear, as gaps between supply and demand go away.

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