How self-healing grids can restore U.S. infrastructure leadership

12/16/2013 | CBS News

America is losing its status as a global infrastructure leader, putting critical sectors of the nation's economy at risk. But experts say investment in the smart grid could help turn the tide. According to Massoud Amin, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Minnesota, the self-healing capacity of smart grid architectures can help "reduce power outages, minimize their length, detect abnormal signals, ... make adaptive reconfigurations to the system, and isolate disturbances to eliminate or at least minimize their impact on the larger system."

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