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Creating the energy Internet

Composite image of the northeast United States during an energy blackout.

Without the electricity delivered over the power grid, commerce would grind to a halt, communication networks would fail, transportation would stop and cities would go dark. Shown here, the bright area at center left pinpoints Manhattan and Long Island. The yellow areas show regions where the city lights went dark after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.


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Electricity tower

FREEDM is one of two Engineering Research Centers funded by the NSF ERC Program that focuses on revolutionizing the U.S. power delivery and management system--with the overall goal to facilitate the use of green energy sources in a way that reliably meets the ever-increasing energy demand.

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