Chapter 15

Future Power Systems

Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla invented the early generation of power systems. Their system, however, has gone through tremendous developments and improvements over the past century. Today’s power systems are probably the most complex systems known to man. They have immense capacities, are huge and complex, and are quick to respond to changes in the various parts of the system. Despite the blackouts we experience every few years, the reliability of modern power systems is very high, considering its complexity and enormous size.

A common question is what future power systems would look like. Is it going to remain the same, albeit in a more expanded and complex form? Will we use the same energy resources? Will the ...

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