The Vulnerability of Electrical Grids and Microgrid Backups

All industrialized countries have power grids which are incredibly vulnerable to hacking as they are run by software which helps ensure load and demand is always balanced. Mitigation of this risk can be sought by creating micro grids which are smaller versions of the large scale grid currently in place. Microgrids, if attacked would not affect any microgrids surrounding it. Microgrids are often solar powered and store their energy in batteries. Microgrids can act as backups for power grids, namely for the most important institutions (e.g. hospitals, police precincts, and fire stations etc.)

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