Microgrid Survey Finds Siemens to be Best Known Industry Player

Results of a microgrid survey released today by Microgrid Knowledge show Siemens to be the most recognized name in microgrids among 21 companies. The independent survey also found electric reliability to be the biggest reason for installing a microgrid. Financing serves as the biggest hindrance. We conducted the online poll over the spring … [Read more...]

Cogeneration Case Study: University of Illinois Hospital

A major hospital that treats critically ill patients cannot afford power failures. Facing intermittent power problems — and needing to replace old boilers — the 536-bed University of Illinois Hospital installed a 24 MWe cogeneration system for its campus in Chicago. Powered by three Taurus 70 natural gas turbine generator sets, the system fulfills … [Read more...]

How the Clean Power Plan Advances Microgrids

Clean Power Plan advances microgrids

Microgrids win a new and different kind of public policy support under the carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan announced by the Obama administration this week. The rule requires that states come up with plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electric power 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. That means cutting 870 million tons of carbon … [Read more...]

Combined Heat and Power to More than Double Worldwide within a Decade

Combined heat and power, a technology used in many microgrids, is expected to more than double in capacity over the next nine years, according to a new report by Navigant Research. Grid modernization efforts are spurring today’s CHP growth, which is likely to result in 74.4 GW installed worldwide, up from 32.7 GW now, Navigant … [Read more...]

What is Government Doing to Spur Microgrid Growth?

What state and federal policies are spurring microgrid growth in the United States? Here's an inventory from our latest Think Microgrid report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid, which examines grid-connected microgrids and companion technologies: combined heat and power (CHP) and district energy (DE). The Obama administration created one of the … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Earn Revenue and Serve the Central Grid

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Grid-connected microgrids earn revenue by selling what are known as 'ancillary services' to the central grid. These services help keep power flowing in a stable fashion. Offering these services makes a microgrid valuable well beyond the buildings it powers. The microgrid becomes an asset to society at large. Read more in the following excerpt from … [Read more...]

The Importance of Heat in the Energy Efficient Microgrid

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The following is an excerpt from new our report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid. It can be difficult for microgrids to compete on cost alone if they provide only electricity.  However, when combined heat and power (CHP) is added to the equation, microgrids become more competitive based on economics alone. Why? Most power generation … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid: Why Government Leaders Are on a Serious Quest to Build Microgrids

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The following is an excerpt from our latest Think Microgrid report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid Simple microgrids have existed for more than 100 years, going back to Thomas Edison. Until recently, North American energy planners viewed microgrids as largely niche energy projects, most likely to be found on college campuses, islands or remote … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid: Why North America is Doing So, Right Now

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The following is an excerpt from our latest Think Microgrid report. It wasn’t just the severity of Superstorm Sandy (See related article) that led to today’s new emphasis on grid resiliency and microgrids; it was also the timing. A convergence of other events – economic, technological and market – made North America ripe for microgrids and … [Read more...]