Narrator: This is Science Today. As our nation's energy demands increase, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are dreaming up exciting ways to reduce the load on the overall utility grid. Staff scientist Chris Marnay says one enticing suggestion is to combine the use of microgrids, or a small cluster of on-site generators, with fuel cell vehicles.
Marnay: You can imagine a situation in which people drove electrically powered vehicles, or fuel cell vehicles, or battery vehicles to work and then plug them in at their office and they became part of a microgrid at their office.
Narrator: With this design, fuel cell vehicles could drive onto a site with a microgrid, park and plug in, and then potentially supply power to a few homes or offices.
Marnay: So fuel cell vehicles are interesting in this way, because what could be a better way of avoiding congestion on the power system than for people to take their own power supply around with them?
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.