Daniel Sheflin – A Brief Overview of the Smart Grid

Daniel Sheflin serves Honeywell Automation Control Solutions in his capacity as chief technology officer. Prior to his current position, he was vice president of automation control solutions with Honeywell and general manager of engineering with General Electric. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently named Daniel Sheflin to its Smart Grid Advisory Committee.

The smart grid is an envisioned electrical network spanning the United States that delivers energy efficiently and securely by using state-of-the-art technology. The smart grid has been characterized as combining the old-fashion energy infrastructure with the internet. However, NIST provides a more comprehensive definition, and refers to the smart grid as a modernized solution that allows for bidirectional energy flows and two-way control capabilities that enhance services. The current grid allows for a one-way flow.

The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act officially recognized the importance of the smart grid to national development and put the project on the fast track. Even with full government support, such a complex initiative will take years to complete.

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