Microgrids Have a Key Role to Play in a Low-Carbon Future

ABB's Maxine Ghavi describes how microgrids can improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people, while helping to meet national and global emissions targets. Cutting carbon emissions while meeting the growing energy needs of an expanding global population requires innovative, pioneering solutions. One is microgrids, powered by renewable … [Read more...]

ABB Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid in India…Aquion Offers Solar-Plus-Storage for Australian Homes

industrial microgrid

ABB readies to install industrial microgrid at its India plant ABB plans to install an industrial microgrid at its largest manufacturing facility in India, which employees 3,000 people. The Vadodara facility in Gujarat, India will include a rooftop solar array to boost renewables, reduce fossil fuel use, and improve the facility's electric … [Read more...]

ABB Microgrids Elevated to Corporate ‘Next Level’

ABB Microgrid

Microgrids are not a new business for ABB. In fact, while much of the world is just becoming aware of the technology, ABB has spent the last 15 years installing about 11 MW of off-grid microgrids in remote areas of the world. Four years ago the Switzerland-based technology company began to significantly accelerate its microgrid operation. That … [Read more...]

US Microgrid Market Growing Faster than Previously Thought: New GTM Research

US microgrid market

The US microgrid market is growing faster than expected, fueled by a rise in new ownership configurations, says a report released today by GTM Research. GTM now forecasts that US microgrid capacity will reach 4.3 GW by 2020, up from the research firm’s estimate last quarter of 3.71 GW. The US currently has about 160 microgrids with 1,649 MW of … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy for Microgrids

Renewable Energy

The future of microgrids is bright, and increasingly powered by renewable energy. Over the next five years, GTM Research forecasts overall North American microgrid capacity to more than double. Globally, installed microgrid capacity is projected to increase from 685 megawatts in 2013 to more than 4 gigawatts by 2020 according to Navigant. Another … [Read more...]

Design of Industrial Microgrids

Microgrid Design

The white paper demonstrates the feasibility of industrial micro- grids by design of an actual industrial network with on-site distributed generation to temporarily keep crucial consumers in operation in islanded mode, and to increase reliability in the case of blackouts. The objective of this white paper was to determine the design requirements … [Read more...]

Introduction to Microgrids

The more complicated the system, the easier it is to break. If that is not a correlation to Murphy’s Law, it should be, and the T&D industry could be the poster child for it. The electric grid has been supersized to the point it is groaning under its girth. Increased demand for more and better quality power has pushed the grid to its limits in … [Read more...]

Battery Technology for Microgrids

Battery Technology for Microgrids

As large scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many industrial utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS). Based in Victoria, Australia, AusNet Services chose to trial the technology to explore the ability to manage peak demand with the potential to … [Read more...]

A Microgrid Future: We Can See it from Here

enabler for microgrids

Radical decentralization may not be upon us yet.  But microgrids are most certainly advancing. ABB's Bob Fesmire describes regulatory, market and technical changes needed to bring about a microgrid future. Next to distributed energy resources (and also because of them), microgrids have to be one of the hottest topics in the power industry at the … [Read more...]

Grid-Connected Microgrids and Battery Technology

Grid-connected microgrids are considered the future of a smarter electric grid. So as large-scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS). AusNet Services, the largest energy delivery service in Victoria, … [Read more...]