Using Virtual Microgrids to Gain Confidence Before Breaking Ground

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Eaton's William Murch explains the advantages of using virtual microgrids to test your system before it's installed. How do you know your microgrid will work before the system is in place? Each microgrid is designed to meet unique applications and composed of a mix of legacy and new assets with legacy controllers. It is well known that … [Read more...]

Hospital Microgrids Become an Integral Part of the Energy Value Chain

Mark Feasel, Schneider Electric

In this week's Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric's Mark Feasel explains how hospital microgrids are becoming an integral part of the "energy value chain."  Hospitals are often pillars of the communities they serve. And, while the welfare of patients, safety of staff and comfort of visitors remain top priorities, today, leadership extends … [Read more...]

Australian Microgrid Project Hits Snag Over Wind Farm Visuals

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One Step Off the Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes opposition to an Australian microgrid project because of the visual impact of its wind turbines. Plans to install a hybrid renewable energy plus battery storage microgrid at New South Wales’ Lord Howe Island, and slash its diesel fuel use, have hit a major political snag, after the federal … [Read more...]

District Energy, CHP and Microgrids in Our Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

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Robert Thornton, of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), describes advocacy work underway to educate the federal government about the importance of including district energy, CHP and microgrids in plans for national infrastructure improvement. The Trump Administration has set its sights on passing a major $1 trillion … [Read more...]

New Era of Climate Action: Local Forces Fill the Vacuum Left by the Feds

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The U.S. is entering a new era of climate action, says the Rocky Mountain Institute's Paul Bodnar. A coalition of local entities is gathering strength and stepping forward to fill what, until now, has been a federal effort. A new era of U.S. climate action has dawned. In the four short days since President Trump announced his intent to withdraw … [Read more...]

Disruptive Energy Market Triggers Once in a Lifetime Investment Opportunity within PJM

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A disruptive energy market is leading to retirement of big coal-fired plants and paving the way for cleaner natural gas -- a resource often used in microgrids and combined heat and power. Christina Simeone, of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, explains the forces behind the shift within the nation's largest regional transmission organization, … [Read more...]

The Growing Problem of Momentary Power Outages: What Can Utilities Do?

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S&C Electric's US President Michael Edmonds talks about a problem not caught by old-school reliability measures -- momentary power outages that disrupt sensitive equipment. The problem is growing, he says. The cause may surprise you. Utilities for years have worked hard to improve their performance, and they have some stories of success … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Show Strong Promise

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Dynapower’s Chip Palombini describes what’s driving growth in solar plus storage microgrids in the U.S. and how to derive maximum production from the systems. The promise of energy storage enabled microgrids, particularly solar plus storage microgrids, is just emerging. We at Dynapower see a bright future for these projects with recent … [Read more...]

Time to Worry? A Memo from Washington Shakes the Advanced Energy Industries

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The Advanced Energy Economy warns that a recent memo sent by Department of Energy was a "shot across the bow," aimed at advanced energy technologies, like microgrids, solar, and energy storage. A funny thing happened on April 14. In a simple memo directing the Department of Energy to conduct a short-term study, the Trump Administration … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids for National Security: Study Finds 17 GW Could Fortify US Military Bases

solar microgrids for national security

Researchers at Michigan Technological University look at use of solar microgrids for national security. They find that the US has the technological capability to install the 17 GW needed to fortify military bases. Distributed microgrid tech can secure the electrical grids at military bases to reduce the impact of cyberattacks, physical … [Read more...]