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Automation Gives Alternative Energy a BoostAutomation Gives Alternative Energy a Boost

Rob Spiegel

March 4, 2015

4 Min Read
Automation Gives Alternative Energy a Boost

Alternative energy sources -- specifically solar and wind -- are on their way to giving fossil fuels a true run for their money thanks to a boost from automation technology. The inconsistencies of solar and wind power generation are getting smoothed out by automation tools that deal with volatile load swings, which have enabled their increasing integration into the electricity grid.

Strategies such as the use of micro-grids and non-human fine-tuning are also bringing alternative energy into the mainstream. But developments such as falling prices for oil and gas and the lifting of government incentives could give fossil fuels a new sheen and keep alternative energy in its second-class position.


About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel has served as senior editor at Electronic News and Ecommerce Business, covering the electronics industry and Internet technology. He has served as a contributing editor at Automation World and Supply Chain Management Review. Rob has contributed to Design News for 10 years.

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