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Clemson using eclipse for solar research

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The full solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21 is providing a research opportunity for Clemson University professors.

Researchers will study what happens when solar panels stop generating energy. The study will focus on challenges utilities face as renewable energy is incorporated more and more into the electrical grid, according to a news release from Clemson University.

“The grid relies on a steady flow of power and what experts call ‘balance of energy’ to run smoothly,” the release said. “Too much or too little could trigger rolling blackouts that leave thousands in the dark.”

Clemson University researchers will look at the real-time impacts a solar eclipse will have on power system operations using the Duke Energy eGRID to emulate a power grid.

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