1.3.3 Distributed Generation

Distributed Generation
Using the peer to peer concept in energy distribution will enable home consumers to become producers of energy and supply their electricity to others on the smart grid[1]. The grid is used here as short for the general electrical infrastructure (or “grid”) that is required to distribute electricity to the end consumer. Today the grid usually only deliver electricity, but technology is available to enable feedback of electricity from the end consumer, this is a feature of “The Smart Grid”. I think that this development could create a greater sense of solidarity in small as well as large communities. When you get ownership and control over your energy in a much more direct way than is possible today, I think you would like to see how and where it is used also. How would this impact our relation to our energy?

Cornucopica Norwegia
The current paradigm of electricity in Norway imitates a cornucopia. The only variable to energy supply (in form of electricity) is the price. As a consequence the only concern I might have regarding the electricity, is the bill. What if we flipped the coin? What if the price was fixed, but supply was limited? Arguably global energy supply is not unlimited, although growing, so is demand.

Early Exploration
At a local scale I will explore how a limited resource can be shared in a P2P fashion by augmenting it with local production of energy. The goal is to uncover useful concepts that will challenge existing paradigms in energy supply. 1. The green apartment are producing more energy than needed, while the red appartment has a deficit.2. The green appartment shares its surplus with the red appartment.3. At any given moment there are apartments producing, receiving and some that are neutral in this system. How does this impact the daily life of the families living in this apartment block? How can this be done in such a manner that it feels just?

References in this post
  1. European Commission. (2006). European Technology Platform Smart Grids. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. [*]

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