the incorporation of local generation resources into a microgrid system which gives people access to reliable and sustainable electricity.” A microgrid is a cluster of electricity-generating machinery that is usually connected to a centralized grid, or macrogrid. A principal benefit of a modular and localized system of electricity generation is its low infrastructure costs in comparison with the cost of constructing huge pylons. It is also much more efficient since less power is lost in transmission, and it is easy to integrate with clean energy generation. As well as delivering real benefits to small domestic communities, WISE also has global ambitions. “A lot of the microgrid research we do here is highly transferable
to other contexts,” says Mr. Chen. “Globally, we’re looking at 1.4 billion people today living on the planet without access to power and 2.5 billion without access to clean energy. By enabling them with the smallest amount of energy resources, say a solar panel coupled with a small battery, you’re not just giving them light, but a means for productivity and a healthier lifestyle because you’re replacing kerosene in the process.” RETURN ON INVESTMENT As a Canadian research institute, WISE can apply for funding from the Canadian government’s well developed infrastructure for supporting scientific research. While grants can be given to specific projects, the
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