Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage

reciprocating engines and microgrids

Reciprocating engine generators are becoming increasingly important to help solve three contemporary energy problems. The first problem occurs in developed areas like North America, where electric reliability is crucial as the economy grows ever more Internet-based. The second problem can be found in remote regions of the world, where no … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Builds Microgrid Control System

Duke Energy Corporation is an energy utility that serves 7.4 million electric customers in six states in the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States. Prompted by recurring severe weather events and a goal of incorporating more renewable generation into the electric power grid, Duke Energy decided to integrate their existing renewable … [Read more...]

Protection, Control, Automation, and Integration for Off-Grid Solar-Powered Microgrids in Mexico

In 2012, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the national Mexican electric utility, provided electric service to 98.11 percent of the country.  However, rural communities in Mexico (mainly isolated indigenous communities) still lack electric service. Conventional electrification is neither practical nor affordable for these communities that are … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: A Guide City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy

Community microgrids are central pillars of today’s local energy revolution. Being developed in municipalities large and small, they are a key feature of the new clean and efficient electrical infrastructure that is beginning to transform America’s energy grid into a less centralized and more democratized entity. Mayors and city leaders are … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids of Canada

community microgrids

The Advanced Energy Centre, Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre (CSERC), and New Energy Community Inc. convened a seminar and workshop on November 2nd, tasked with examining frameworks for advancing technology, business value, and public policy for clean energy microgrids. The event featured industry and utility leaders, multidis- ciplinary … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy: Microgrids

Microgrid Generic

Application of individual distributed generators can cause as many problems as it may solve. A better way to realize the emerging potential of distributed energy generation is to take a system approach which views generation and associated loads as a subsystem or a microgrid. During disturbances, the generation and corresponding loads can separate … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids

Community Microgrids

Community microgrids empower local leaders to serve community energy needs in a more economical, reliable, and environmentally friendly manner than the existing centralized electricity grid. A community microgrid can bring together whole-building energy efficiency improvements, clean distributed generation, renewable energy, and smart energy … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy and the Smart Grid

renewable energy

As policy makers seek to integrate a serious sociological and environmental issue into renewable energy production, the typical utility is faced with not only technology upgrades, but also dealing with new systemic events that occur far beyond its franchise borders. Adding renewable energy resources into the existing bulk generation power system … [Read more...]

Microgrids for disaster preparation

Disaster Preparation

Whilst recent natural disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 caused horrific physical damage and loss of life, they also demonstrated the fragility of today’s electricity systems. Major electricity outages around the world are growing in number and scope, bringing significant costs to local industry and the community. In the case … [Read more...]

Minnesota Microgrids

Minnesota Microgrid

Distributed energy resources (DER) have served Minnesota residents and communities since the earliest days of electricity-powered machines. Indeed, before the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 and electrification efforts in the 1930s and ’40s, such companies as Delco-Light sold gasoline-burning “electric plants” for homes and farms that hadn’t yet … [Read more...]