Healthcare Microgrids: A Guide to More Reliable, Clean, Lower-Cost Energy for Hospitals

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This is first article in a series that looks at how healthcare microgrids open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy in hospitals.  The senior population is on a path to double in the U.S, and even triple in Europe, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This creates pressure to expand hospitals, healthcare networks, assisted … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Can Seamlessly Combine Distributed Energy Resources

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Microgrids are the keystone as we move toward use of more distributed energy resources (DERs). And they offer a variety of ways to increase your facility’s resiliency, efficiency, and sustainability. But how does it all work, and how can you use this technology to optimize your current existing operation? Microgrid technologies enable … [Read more...]

Long Duration Storage Covers Range of Use Cases, Revenue Streams

A recent white paper from ESS focuses on the growing need to combine energy and power applications into a single flexible and valuable long-duration storage asset. What makes long duration storage, such as microgrid energy storage, so attractive is its availability to capture a wider range of use cases and potential revenue streams. The … [Read more...]

The Case for Specialized Microgrids

Governments, utility companies, and many businesses today agree we are in the midst of a shift toward a low-carbon economy. Many utilities are transitioning toward more renewable energy generation models and utilizing new energy storage solutions like specialized microgrids. Much of the focus has been on clean generation sources such as wind and … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technical Challenges to Consider When Planning a Microgrid Project

Many microgrid technical challenges are the standard issues that come up in any complex electric power system project, while others are unique. As you plan your microgrid project, be sure to consider technical challenges such as: Voltage and frequency stability. Correct microgrid design requires resources and the microgrid control … [Read more...]

Six Lessons Learned from an Oil Refinery Microgrid: Correcting Performance Issues Before Installation

What’s the best way to avoid performance issues – and associated expenses – during a microgrid system installation? Uncover and correct them ahead of time. A North American oil refinery microgrid did just that by investing in thorough Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) testing of its power management system. The oil refinery had installed new … [Read more...]

Lower Microgrid Risk with Utility-Proven Technology and Services

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Justin Day of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) explains how to minimize microgrid risk with vetted equipment from experienced professionals. Risk is unavoidable when implementing a microgrid. Because of the complexity involved, projects can be delayed, budgets exceeded and equipment can fail or misoperate. The marketplace can also feel … [Read more...]

ABB Offers Plug-and-Play Microgrid…S&C Electric Wins Energy Storage Award for Minster…Borrego Goes Storage

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ABB offers plug-and-play microgrid in a box Switzerland-based ABB says it now offers a plug-and-play microgrid with all components in a container that can be easily shipped. The microgrid also is modular and scalable with four pre-designed sizes in the range of 50 kW to 4,600 kW to meet varying customer needs. The system contains battery … [Read more...]

Nested Microgrid Proposed for Town of New Paltz

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Sometimes one microgrid in a single footprint is not enough. Sometimes a community needs a nested microgrid -- several separate microgrids in one -- to take energy reliability to a whole new level. A NY Prize contender, the Town of New Paltz, N.Y. has proposed such a project, a $12 million nodular microgrid to maintain energy supplies for … [Read more...]

Energy Storage is an Enabler for Microgrids

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ABB's Bob Fesmire explains how energy storage is becoming more refined, and acting as an enabler for microgrids. Most of the time when people talk about microgrids, they talk about reliability (e.g., for a hospital or other critical load) and renewables. When people talk about renewables, they often talk about storage (e.g., to maximize the … [Read more...]