A new experimental neighborhood in Florida pilots new technology allowing homes to share energy.
According to One Step Off the Grid, the project makes each home into a nanogrid with its own solar, batteries and control technology. An inverter converts the microgrid’s direct current (DC) power to alternating current for use inside the home. The homes are then connected together via a cable network system — a DC bus — that loops through the neighborhood. This allows the homes to share their energy resources.
If the solar panels on the homes don’t generate enough power at any given time, the homes have a fallback system — a central energy park run on solar and natural gas that is located near the neighborhood’s entrance and connects to the homes’ network.
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