Smart Grid

This is 2017 and the world is becoming increasingly reliant on fast information. This isn’t just any information, but real time digitally transmitted information. We have the capability to share information as fast and we can click a button to post or a link to view. Smart grids “allow consumer to participate in the distribution of energy, rather than just passively utilizing energy sources”. Implementing a system like this was made a top priority in Rio de Janiero due to the complex geography of the city. They were hit with floods and mudslides that killed almost 100 people in April of 2010. IBM developed what would be called the operations center interconnecting more than 30 government departments and public agencies in the city. This is meant for the ability to protect citizens and respond quicker to emergencies. A 20 story office building next to the municipal theater in downtown Rio collapsed in January 2012. The operations center was essential to minimizing risk of further danger and responding quickly to the tragedy. They immediately alerted the fire and civil defense departments, shut down gas and electric services, stopped subway service, directed traffic, alerted hospitals, alerted citizens via twitter, and more. The operations center uses real time information to help save energy, keep citizens safe, predict weather, and protects the environment. This project has proven it’s worth already since being in existence and should be an example for other cities to take and adapt to their own specific needs.


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  1. Really good examples as to why smart grids should be implemented. Smart grids are a great option for spreading information which as you said can come in handy when it comes to emergencies and natural disasters. Other smaller uses for smart grids could be controlling energy usage at home in order to cut down on energy costs. Or one that would affect all of us would be smart energy systems in UIC buildings. I always find that classrooms in SES will either be way too warm during later in the spring semester when temperatures begin to warm up and way too cold later on in the fall when we begin to experience colder temperatures. A smart energy system would not only benefit UIC in terms of their energy bill, but it would serve to have students and professors alike in more comfortable environments. Hopefully more cities begin to adopt smart grids for these reasons as it looks as though it is the way to move forward.


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