NSMG-Net researchers will proudly host a session on Smart Grid technology at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver.
The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific community and publishes the well-known journal Science. This is the first time Vancouver has ever hosted the AAAS, and the first time in over thirty years that the conference has been held outside the USA (the last was Toronto in 1981).
This year’s theme is “Flattening the World: Building a Global Knowledge Society” and NSMG-Net researchers will address their role in possibly the world’s most complex international problem: climate change.
Theme Leaders Reza Iravani, Géza Joós and Dave Michelson will join Network Leader Hassan Farhangi, Board Chairman John MacDonald and Kip Morrison from Network partner BC Hydro, in a panel chaired by Chris Marney of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The adoption and penetration of clean energy generation into the mainstream energy market has been slow. Despite the urgency of climate change and recent surges in the cost of oil, clean energy sources still account for a fraction of the world’s total electrical power production.
This session will assess whether the adoption of clean sources of energy is being hindered not simply by their diffuse nature or higher cost, but also by the absence of a smarter electricity grid that is capable of turning a portfolio of variable and intermittent renewable energy into a secure and reliable electricity service.