US military

Microgrids, how might they protect national security?

The U.S. electric grid has been called the world’s largest machine, but the number of major power outages across the country has increased significantly since 2000, creating potential risks for national security. The military is addressing this concern by developing smaller, independent electricity systems known as microgrids. Reporter Dan Boyce has the story.

SciTech Now Episode 221

In this episode, a high tech submarine allows for better underwater exploration; an average nose can sense 1,200 flavors; mysterious stains on St. Louis’ Gateway Arch prompt a tricky testing procedure; and the U.S. military is turning to microgrids to keep its power reliable and secure.