Energy beyond the grid

ACHIEVING MORE EFFECTIVE and more comprehensive energy supplies has always meant the construction and expansion of energy grids. Energy grids have become bywords for economic progress and prosperity. The advent of grids, however, heralded the seemingly irrevocable demise of autonomous energy production. The wider the reach of the distribution grid, the larger the suppliers, and vice versa – irrespective of the commodity supplied, be it electricity, gas, water or heat. The same also goes for the oil and coal distribution networks. The national grid for electricity in particular symbolized the conclusion and perfection of the modern energy system. Consequently, electricity generation technologies are evaluated ...

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