A team of engineers and neuroscientists may sound a bit strange to be working together, but they are using dish-grown neurons to control power grids in simulation. They are seeking to study the manner in which the neural networks of the brain integrate and respond to the variations of complex information. They hope to find new ways to manage the every-changing (and demanding) power supply.
The problems with today’s power grid and supply process covers many topics, but the main two are that most of the facilities are over forty two years old and these were designed for power generation, but not for power storage. The power grid of tomorrow will be needed on an intuitive level: to anticipate usage as well as compensate quickly for unexpected needs. This will be an on-demand strategy as compared to the current system we use. It will also have to incorporate renewable and sustainable energy sources such as solar and wind power. These sources don’t have the ability to jump in quickly or be reduced down quickly as a response to the lulls and peaks of power consumption.
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