The ongoing migration towards more automated and self-sufficient facilities and campuses continues, there are issues of control and oversight that need to be addressed. One question is the developing debate between next-generation wireless in the Cloud and Edge Computing, for example. The related area of interest in the power space is the question of centralized or decentralized control in a micro- or nano-grid. Just as the IT world is trying to define the technologies and applications at the edge of the Cloud, so too must the power industry define its scope within the smart environment created.
In this session the panel will discuss and debate the merits of distributed vs. centralized power distribution in microgrids and smart facilities. On the one hand, although micro-grids themselves represent a form of decentralization in and of itself in regards to the local power grid, how that power is deployed within the micro-grid must also be determined. The panel is made up of two teams: one for centralized power, and one for distributed power. Both approaches have their merits, and our panel members will present their ideas and views on which is most appropriate. Please join us and debate this topic with our expert panelists.