Our electric future is getting complicated. Concerns are arising on how to incorporate small scale alternative power generating devices into the grid. In addition, an increasing numbers of gadgets and electric cars will be straining an already shaky infrastructure.

North Carolina State University has just been given an $18.5 million grant to study these issues of power distribution, and to help create a new, smart power network. They have partnered with over 60 companies to create an “internet of energy” that will make it easy for people to sell back excess power generated from personal systems (solar, wind etc.) and strengthen the grid to handle demand.

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