Microgrid Knowledge Guide to Gas Turbine Microgrids

gas turbine microgrid

Movement is a foot worldwide to bring new intelligence to conventional or ‘dumb’ generation. The gas turbine microgrid is central to this smartening of power generation. The term dumb generation describes the kind of conventional power plants, wind turbines or solar panels that have been used for decades. They produce megawatts, but do nothing … [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...]

Implementing a Microgrid Using Standard Utility Control Equipment

Recent weather events have proven that a single storm can cause billions of dollars of damage to the electrical power grid as well as significant power outage-related costs. As a result, utilities across the United States are working to make their microgrid services more resilient. This alone is a challenge, but some utilities also face state-level … [Read more...]

UC San Diego Optimizes Microgrid System With SEL POWERMAX and Protection Relays

The UC San Diego microgrid has over 33 megawatts of installed onsite generation, including gas-turbine cogeneration and storage, solar, fuel cell, steam, and diesel. The onsite generation is only enough to support critical loads. To cover the rest of their load demand, the university purchases additional electric power from SDG&E. The idea … [Read more...]

Microgrid Financing

microgrid financing

On October 29th, 2012, Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York City’s shoreline. In the days and weeks that followed, the New York City Subway system and all but one of the road tunnels entering Manhattan with severely flooded, entire neighborhoods were decimated and millions of customers in New York City and on Long Island lost power – many for … [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...]

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...]

Energy Modernization through Microgrids

energy modernization

The utility industry is in the midst of energy modernization efforts that ramped up in large part following the Northeast Blackout of 2003. The massive blackout, a wake up call to utilities and consumers alike, compounded the concerns about climate change, the burgeoning population and scarcity of natural resources. The blackout spurred the … [Read more...]

Energy Storage in Smart Microgrids

Energy Storage

As discussion around development of a smart grid has steadily increased, so too has talk about smart microgrids. A critical ingredient for smart microgrids is energy storage. Energy storage can play a major role in facilitating use of renewable energy resources to power microgrids, while also protecting power stability and reliability within the … [Read more...]