Today marks one of the world’s largest blackouts affecting more then 700 million people in 20 out of 28 Indian countries. India’s electric grid infrastructure is not handling the rampant demand from India’s quickly expanding middle class. Stopped Trains, traffic lights outages, and miners stuck below ground are just a few of the disasters the Indian people had to endure today. The increased use of air conditioning, flat screen televisions and other gadgets are putting added pressure on an already undersized power grid.
This leads to the question of what can be done to prevent these outages in the future? The answer may lie in micro grids or smaller decentralized power supplies, including natural gas, solar, wind among other alternative clean energies, coupled with utility scale battery technology; having several smaller micro-grids would prevent these large blackouts and make each community accountable for their own production.