Segments in this Video

Maintaining Power Supply (03:59)


Modern society relies on increasing amounts of electricity. Catastrophic problems can occur in a blackout. Criminals blackmail medium sized power companies. (Credits)

European Power Grid (04:12)

It is difficult to incorporate solar or wind energy into a power grid because it is inconsistent. Citizens and experts discuss whether a blackout can occur. Experts believe renewable resource technology, increasing power consumption, and weather conditions put a strain on capacity.

Optimism (02:20)

Tali Sharot studies how individuals have difficulty imagining something new and the optimism bias.

Transmission (03:27)

National power grids are as important as financial markets. Humans cannot store electricity. Experts describe the European Power Grid.

Renewables (11:30)

Renewable energy units behave differently than traditional methods; regional grids were not built for transmitting energy. Re-dispatch operations occur more frequently to stabilize the European power grid. Problems with alternative energy resources include inconsistency, fluctuations, and weather unpredictability.

Cybercrime (06:53)

Thomas Brandstetter describes how hackers can gain control of the electrical power grid. Security systems fight the known. A smart grid uses new intelligence to balance power production and consumption; experts describe vulnerabilities.

Global Warming (03:49)

Experts describe the impact of carbon emissions on the planet. Extreme weather events threaten power plants and power grids. Glaciers feed Alpine rivers.

Blackout (06:48)

Experts and citizens discuss the feasibility of a blackout event lasting several days. Landlines, stores, mobile phones, and gas stations would not function. Linz University analyzed the repercussions of a blackout lasting 24 hours.

Black Start (03:10)

Restoring power is the most important priority and requires large amounts of electricity; only a few plants can restart themselves. In the event the entire European power grid goes down, experts estimate it would take six days to resume electrical operations.

Energy Waste (04:27)

Reducing output is easier than taking people off the power grid; human behavior change can reduce energy consumption. Individuals use more power on their smartphone daily than running their refrigerator. Society needs a comprehensive vision of the future.

Credits: How Safe Are Our Power Grids (00:45)

Credits: How Safe Are Our Power Grids

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Our well-being is based on highly developed networks and all components have one thing in common: in order to function, they need electricity. We have become used to having access to electricity whenever and wherever we need it. Yet experts have recently pointed out the potential threats to our networks. Energy transition, increasing usage, bad weather and the liberalized energy market push it further and further to the limits of its capacities. On top of this, there is the existing danger of a certain manipulation such as terrorism or cyber-attacks. The list of systems which would also work without electricity is very short. Electricity is the lifeline for countless crucial infrastructures: communication, transport, food, healthcare, security, finance and production would be greatly affected. Peppo Wagner asks leading, international experts, which factors our electrical networks are vulnerable to, what the risks actually comprise, and which solutions could be imagined. 

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL154818

ISBN: 978-1-64347-973-6

Copyright date: ©2017

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