Advances in Grid Connection Technology

July 10, 2003 [SolarAccess.com]The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a research consortium for the energy industry, announced two advancements last week that will make it easier for homeowners and businesses to connect power sources to their local electrical power grid. EPRI licensed GenerLink, an interconnection device for portable generators, to Global Power Products of Georgia. GenerLink provides a direct connection to a home’s wiring system for portable generators — eliminating the use of extension cords — while enhancing utility worker safety by automatically disconnecting the home from the power grid during an outage. EPRI is also developing GridGateway, a universal interconnection device for on-site generators such as solar power systems, fuel cells, or microturbines. GridGateway will work with systems ranging from one kW to 200 kW in capacity.
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