Reliable Electricity Grids and Renewable Source of Energy

  • Bahman Zohuri
  • Patrick McDaniel


The electric power grid is rapidly changing due to the penetration of renewable energy sources, primarily solar and wind, into the supply mix. This has major economic implications and will greatly influence the demand curves that nuclear or fossil plants will see in the future. The only solution for taking advantage of intermittent sources like solar and wind is to develop some form of energy storage. Both electrical and heat forms of storage may be possible. Ultimately cost will determine how each of these storage technologies is implemented. Some power conversion systems will be more efficient than others.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bahman Zohuri
    • 1
  • Patrick McDaniel
    • 2
  1. 1.Electrical and Computer Engineering DepartmentUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Chemical and Nuclear Engineering DepartmentUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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