How do we generate electricity and get it to our homes, offices, hospitals and other places? What are the technical challenges in operating the electric grid which is the biggest and the most complex machine in the world? What are the various causes that can lead to outages? Can the electric grid be target of cyber-attacks?
Come learn the answers to above questions and more! It is easy to switch on or off devices at our will but ensuring continuous supply of electricity to all the devices at different locations and at all times is not easy as it is might seem. On top of the technical challenges that already exist there are emerging challenges related to integration of unpredictable and variable energy resources, extreme weather events, and cybersecurity. Get an overview of the work that researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are doing to ensure that the electric grid is secure, reliable and flexible. After the talk build your own electric grids on an interactive grid game board.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Community Science and Technology Seminar Series was launched to help the general public better understand and explore how science transforms our world.