Expert discusses future of smart grids
August 30, 2013
A series of workshops on the Purdue campus is exploring how to improve the reliability, productivity, and cost of electrical utilities.
GE digital energy executive and Purdue grad John McDonald says smart grids are the best way to guarantee the long-term sustainability of the power industry.
He says the systems will give consumers more control over energy use in their own homes.
McDonald admits there will be a learning curve for the public, but the cost savings will be worth it.
He says using smart grids, consumers have the potential to save 20% or more on their energy bills.
McDonald says there are currently a lot of employment opportunities in the field.
He says students who take courses and complete internships in power and electricity will have the necessary skills to secure a job.
June 22, 2016
Groups of high schoolers eagerly lined up Tuesday morning at Purdue University to test how well their handcrafted wind turbines would perform when stacked against the power of four fans. The kids were competing to create a turbine that would generate the most energy as a part of a challenge for the Duke Energy Academy at Purdue. The annual academy, now in its fifth year, brings in U.S. high school students to learn about renewable energy with hopes they'll be inspired to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and solve energy challenges. "We want these students to be the leaders of tomorrow," said Pankaj Sharma, managing director of the Purdue Energy Center and Global Sustainability Institute. The academy lasts throughout the week and is hosting 52 students and 27 teachers from mainly Indiana schools, though about 20 percent come from outside states, said Tolu Omotoso, a civil engineering graduate student and coordinator for the academy.Read Full Story