Central and distributed energy supply © Siemens Stiftung 2018 CC BY-SA 4.0 international

Central and distributed energy supply

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Schematic diagram:
Comparison of the layouts of central and distributed electric power grids.

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2018-07-13
Power supply and district heating a examples of central energy supply and require an extensive infrastructure.
However, distributed and possibly even autonomous systems are also conceivable. Renewable energy sources are particularly suitable for this purpose.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of central and distributed energy supply systems? When and why did central energy supply develop and become established? And why is the distributed energy supply approach increasingly under consideration today?
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Chart; Ecology; Energy supply; Environment (general); Environmental protection; Power generation; Renewable energy; Solar technology; Wind
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