Ashley Lovell, Direct Current Microgrids: The Wave of the Future?, The Solutions Journal, Volume 10, Issue 1, January 2019, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/direct-current-microgrids-wave-future/) Abstract: The Climate Crisis and Our Aging Energy Infrastructure What happens when you combine an aging electrical grid with the increased resilience demands of rapid climate change? You get longer, more destructive power outages. Our continued reliance on fossil fuel and long-distance energy transport for energy production and the power outages associated with our aging grid are putting our health, our economy, and our national security at risk. NASA and NOAA agree that the years 2014, 2015, and 2016 each set new all-time temperature records in a stepwise fashion.1 As our global air temperature warms, so do our oceans, leading to stronger, more frequent and more destructive storms. 2017 was a year of record-breaking natural disasters in the United States, including a trio of hurricanes (Harvey, Mariah, and Irma) with damages over $200 billion.2 The residents of Puerto Rico were largely without power for over six months after hurricanes Mariah and Irma hit in November of 2017. Recent … Topics: Energy