Welcome to the Distributed Generation Educational Module
This set of education modules was created by members of Virginia Tech's Consortium on Energy Restructuring. It contains lessons that will enable students and professionals to learn more about distributed generation (DG) technologies. Based on interdisciplinary research, the modules explore the potential benefits of DG technologies and the engineering principles that must be mastered so they can be incorporated into the existing electric utility system. As important, the modules offer information on creating market-based mechanisms for speeding the acceptance of DG technologies. They also help people understand the numerous technical, regulatory, and cultural impediments to the widespread use of the technologies. Consumer attitudes about DG technologies also play a major role in these modules. Understanding how consumers think about the technologies may be key to their acceptance or rejection in society.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ECS-0323344. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Currently, this site is under construction. Several of the chapters are operating in a limited capacity. Please, feel free to browse around.
The National Science Foundation supported this web module.