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The vulnerabilities of the power-grid system: renewable microgrids as an alternative source of energy

Journal

Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning

Subject

Management Science and Operations

Authors / Editors

Meyer V;Myers C;Bakshi N

Publication Year

2010

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to analyse the vulnerabilities of current power-grid systems and to propose alternatives to using fossil fuel power generation and infrastructure solutions in the form of microgrids, particularly those from renewable energy sources. One of the key potential benefits of microgrids, apart from their inherent sustainability and ecological advantages, is increased resilience. The analysis is targeted towards the context of business process outsourcing in India. However, much of the research on vulnerabilities has been derived from the USA and as such many of the examples cite vulnerabilities in the USA and other developed economies. Nevertheless, the vulnerabilities noted are to a degree common to all grid systems, and so the analysis may be more broadly applicable.

Keywords

power; grid; renewable; microgrid; vulnerability; resilience; BPO

Available on ECCH

No


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