Open Microgrid

The concept of Open Microgrid is to accelerate the…

The concept of Open Microgrid is to accelerate the awareness and adoption of decentralized renewable energy technologies through an online collaborative community similar to materiom.org and wikipedia.
There is a clear need from the individual to the international policy scales for a better way of understanding and explaining existing and emerging localized microgrid solutions and their potential in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Open microgrid proposes to categorize microgrid technologies, and create a visual symbolic representation (similar to Hazard Symbols, and SDG) combined with TBD subcategories to create easy to understand “Stickers” for each type of microgrid module. Supplemental characteristics of the technologies (AC vs. DC) be added to create multi-faceted description similar to the periodic table of elements.

An Example hierarchy of a microgrid element:
Wind: Wind turbine; Horizontal axis; Generator: AC, intermittent.

Awesome Shit Club provides an opportunity to share the idea with potential collaborators and create the initial seed funding for a NFP foundation that will incentivize crowdsourcing towards aggregation and curation of the global microgrid zeitgeist, and produce iterative digital assets under creative commons licensing.
Super-credibility will be established through partnering with existing foundations and institutions such as EaTArt Foundation, Singularity University, Engineers without Borders, Atlas of the Future, CABDyN Complexity Centre and Government through media grants or sponsorship opportunities.

The community will be built around existing collaboration tools that are low cost or free, such as decisionTree.io, be-novative.com, and herox.com. A website will be established that highlights the microgrid elements similar to the periodic table of elements, and will be configured with machine translatable text. When combined, various components in a microgrid perform differently to an entire hybridized system relative to the location and demands of a system. Click based Interactive modelling of how each component works on its own and how they work together will facilitate understanding of the technologies above a product’s specific performance to illustrate the complex relationships in a more relatable visualization. For example, clicking on wind turbine shows a one day graph with intermittent generation, clicking on a diesel generator, wind turbine and battery storage shows a one day graph with steady generation and full usage, emissions ratings.

Later stages of the project can include aggregating commercially available SKUs and service providers to potentially monetize a location based two sided market place “matchmaker.” Monetary gains under the foundation can be used to send contributors to existing conferences under Open Microgrid scholarships for participants, and/or be donated to Engineers Without Borders and other NFPs.

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