Looking to learn more information about SmartGrid? Well you’ve come to the right place. For the link. Because this isn’t the right place. This is.
You may ask “Dana, now why do we need another wiki? isn’t Wikipedia enough wiki for the World?” It is true, yes, that Wikipedia has become our main source of information, surpassing the Encyclopedias long ago. However, Wikipedia does not have an entry to some of the more esoteric SmartGrid concepts and entities, nor should it. That’s why the creators of the Wikipedia software released the framework to the public, so we wouldn’t be clogging up precious resources with entries on the Synchronized Phasor Measurement System and Centralized Remedial Action Schemes.
Secondly, Wikipedia is framed in the context of giving the reader as much general information as possible, whereas SmartGrid Wiki (dot com) is intended to give the information that pertains to concepts surrounding the smart grid. We want to frame the discussion so people can see how all the elements work together to produce the Smart Grid.
The site is still in progress, so if you have any information to add, please feel free to.
And if you’re just looking for the link, read the text above, or just click here: smartgridwiki.com
If you’re reading this blog, you most likely are either an internet person or a power person, and have thus heard of either SmartGrid or Web 2.0. But can you define either? These all-encompassing terms have become part of the regular lexicon of the modern society (more to come on THAT topic later), where using a broad enough term makes it sounds like you know what you’re talking about, but more importantly, draws investors to whatever you want money for. But what does having a SmartGrid or Web 2.0 project entail? Let’s explore.
Here are some of the technologies that make up SmartGrid:
- Automated Metering: This is of course the first thing that people think about when talking about SmartGrid. “Ohh, we’ll be able to read meters from a central location!” “We can remotely switch power on and off!”
- Renewables: In our “carbon-constrained” society, people are freaking out about fossil fuels and are willing to do whatever is necessary to use more wind and solar energy, as well as Google now pouring $10 million dollars into Geothermal power.
- Centralized Control Schemes: Believe it or not, controlling devices in the service territory of an electric utility is NOT an easy task. The pioneers have been doing it for 15 or so years now, and the early majority is just now getting on the wagon. You’re welcome.
-Blogs – Well, you’re reading this right now, aren’t you? Yep, Web 2.0.
- Wiki-freakin-pedia: Who would have thought 10 years ago that the primary source of knowledge would be not in the form of a 32-volume book called an “Encyclopia”. I doubt if kids under 15 can even spell “Encyclopedia”.
- del.icio.us: Bookmarking for the 21st century, have them all on one website accessible from anywhere and share them with all your friends! Just make sure to mark your Neopets bookmark as “private” or else everyone will see just how much time you spend on there.
Anytime someone asks me in casual conversation to explain to them either Web 2.0 or SmartGrid without knowledge of the other, I die a little on the inside because I know that they’re not going to come out with any clearer of an understanding. The easiest way to explain Web 2.0 is to say that it’s the internet’s version of the SmartGrid and whereas SmartGrid is Web 2.0 for the power industry. This is because no one is really able to define either of these technologies, we can only give examples.