The grid has not changed much since the days of Thomas Edison, George Crabtree, senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, told PBS's The Good Stuff in the video above. While other industries have made dramatic advances in the last century, he said, the electrical grid has remained largely the same. "Imagine that we brought back Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, and we showed him our cell phones He'd be baffled," Crabtree said. "Now, bring back Thomas Edison and show him the grid as we have it now and he would instantly recognize every feature of that grid," he said. "He'd say Oh, I understand that grid. I know how it works In fact, I could run the grid for you if you'd like.'"
But all that is about to change, Crabtree predicted. "It may be 5 to 10 to 15 years off, but I think it will come," he said.
It's coming alright . . . and much faster than the experts think.
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