The smart grid is one of the most important components of the cleantech industry because it provides the enabling technologies that allow other areas of the sector to operate more effectively. As an example, when solar systems can sell excess capacity back into the grid, others are able to purchase and use that clean energy rather than it going to waste. These two-way communications technologies are driving the growth of the renewable energy sector. And that’s just one way the smart grid can benefit energy users.
Triangle companies operate across every segment of the smart grid value chain, with major areas of focus being information and communications technology integration, building energy management, distribution grid management, and advanced metering infrastructure. An exciting addition to the local cluster is ABB’s Smart Grid Center of Excellence. Located on NC State’s Centennial Campus, the center includes a testing and development laboratory, a verification center, and a demonstration center.
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