DC Microgrids and the Virtues of Local Electricity

TitleDC Microgrids and the Virtues of Local Electricity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSingh R, Shenai K
JournalIEEE Spectrum
Keywordsac-dc, Micro-grid, subtopic\_buildings, topicġreen-tech
AbstractIt’s been more than a century since Thomas Edison lost the great technological battle he waged against George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla, the now-famous “War of Currents.” The idea Edison hoped to defend was that the world should run off direct current (DC) electricity. But his position just couldn’t stand up to the pounding it took from the logic of Westinghouse and Tesla’s competing scheme, which was to produce and distribute alternating current (AC).