Michael is a Materials Engineer by training – he helped develop a polymeric touchscreen with buttons that rise out of the surface at Tactus, and then ran failure analyses on the computers and electronic components for the Avionics department at SpaceX. He’s currently researching how to decentralize the energy grid. In his spare time, he enjoys tinkering with small art projects.
We’re two materials scientists here at Protocol Labs, and we’re working to improve the electricity grid.
Why, you may be thinking, does a distributed file storage company have a project related to the energy grid?
Protocol Labs researcher Michael Hammersley discusses the current state of his work on a decentralized energy grid, a shared project with Alan Ransil, another researcher at Protocol Labs.
The U.S. bulk power system has an enormous number of actors: regulatory agencies (local, state, and federal), utilities (investor-owned, municipal, cooperatives, and power marketing administrations), operators (ISOs and RTOs), and customers.
The future decarbonized power grid will make increasing use of distributed energy resources (DERs) controlled using data collected at an extremely granular level compared to today’s coarse bulk power system models.