21 October 2015

Repairing Infrastructure with Smart Grid Technology

For the week of October 25, 2015

University of Minnesota Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Massoud Amin discusses the vulnerabilities in our energy infrastructures and how we can improve our systems with smart grid technology.

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:15) The main threats to our energy infrastructures; (4:11) Vulnerabilities to attacks—as seen from the 2013 sniper attack on a Silicon Valley power substation—and the great amount of resources it takes to rebuild power transformers; (7:40) Geomagnetic disturbances and natural phenomena that our infrastructure is vulnerable to
  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:22) How we can improve our infrastructure by building resilient systems that can respond to natural disasters and cyber-attacks; (3:30) Costs to our economy when the power grid fails vs the costs to build smart grids and increase efficiency; (7:00) The smart grid has self-healing technology; (8:00) Professor Amin hopes to see smart grid technology help maintain our quality of life while reducing the carbon footprint; (9:05) Pushing for smart grid technology policies