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Can Waste-to-Energy Microgrids be the Missing Link for Puerto Rico?

By District Energy posted 12-18-2017 00:00


Myles Mangram, Microgrid Knowledge


IQgrid’s Myles Mangram urges Puerto Rico to consider waste-to-energy microgrids as it rebuilds post-Hurricane Maria. The technology can simultaneously take care of two problems characteristic of storm-damaged areas: lack of power and an accumulation of waste.

On September 6, Hurricane Irma skirted Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 5 storm, plunging 1 million residents into darkness. Two weeks later, on September 20, Hurricane Maria struck the island head-on as a devastating Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds that left 100 percent of the 3.4 million U.S. citizens without power. Nearly three months after Maria, over 30 percent of those citizens remain without power. It is therefore understandable why key stakeholders want to first focus on quickly rebuilding the electrical infrastructure status quo.

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