Since Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern United States more than two weeks ago, Green & Clean has been examining possible energy solutions to mitigate power outages and thus business losses when extreme weather strikes the power grid. These include the use of fuel cells as well as the establishment of so-called distributed microgrids that run on wind, solar or biomass sources. Another solution is to make traditional grid operators smarter when facing an imminent catastrophe.
For most of its storied history, IBM has been on the cutting edge of technology and business performance improvement. IBM believes that the brand-new Smarter Energy Research Institute can help utilities and local governments mitigate more effectively damage from catastrophic weather events, through new technologies. Read more