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The Evolving World of Energy

Energy is a fundamental part of our day-to-day lives. We use energy to light, heat and cool our homes, transport us, communicate with others and power our everyday activities. Most of us take for granted that when we flip the switch, the lights go on. But did you know the electricity system that provides power is changing dramatically?

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Smart Grid and Power Quality

A video that looks into what exactly power quality is and what is important for consumers to know showing that more reliable and efficient power supply allows appliances to operate at their highest efficiencies.

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The Next Innovation

With technological advances and the growing capability to utilize clean renewable energy, the smart grid will offer you, the energy consumer more convenience, savings and choice. Discover how it’s helping utility companies restore power outages more quickly. Plus, you’ll see how a smarter grid is a cleaner grid by making renewable energy sources like electric vehicles, wind and solar accessible and scalable.

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Why We Need A Revolution In Energy Storage

If we ever want to get off fossil fuels and start using renewable energy, we're going to need a revolution in energy storage. That means batteries. Bigger, stronger, and just better, ok? And maybe, just maybe, we'll finally be able to realize humanity's dream of confusing the ghost of Thomas Edison! Watch the video here.

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Note to the Smart Gird: Heal Thyself

Alex Huang serves as director of the FREEDM Systems Center and professor of electrical engineering at North Carolina State University. See how NSF has supported his research. Narrated by Laurie Howell and reported by Lisa Raffensperger.

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What Is the Smart Grid?

If energy is like a faucet, at the moment, the grid doesn't allow any way to turn off the flow. But wouldn't it be nice to stop the flow when you weren't using it, to store the extra energy, or to divert it to the most important things? Those are all part of the design of the future smart grid. Watch the video.

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