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Microgrids become reality as Superstorm Sandy's anniversary nears

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, when most of lower Manhattan was a sea of darkness, New York University's Washington Square campus shone like a beacon in the night. Swaths of Manhattan below 36th Street were powerless after Sandy hit, due to pre-emptive shutdowns and severe flooding that knocked out a power station in the East Village. But key buildings on NYU's campus stayed alight thanks to a self-sufficient microgrid system.


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