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S&C Integrates 30-year-old Texas Diesel Generation Equipment with Advanced Microgrid

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S&C Electric recently addressed a series of challenges to help provide microgrid engineering support for a project in Lancaster, Texas. Oncor, a Texas transmission and distribution service provider, partnered with S&C to provide engineering expertise, as well as new equipment to build and operate an advanced microgrid. Oncor wanted to … [Read more...]

How to Use Cleaner Diesel in Microgrids

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We often think of diesel as dirty, and view renewable microgrids as one way to eliminate the use of diesel and other fossil fuels. However, more and more, diesel-backed microgrids can be cleaner, if they rely on the newer, Tier-4 generators. It all depends on where the power is needed, what fuels are available, and how much the microgrid … [Read more...]

Variable Speed Diesel

Off-grid system operators are increasingly turning to wind and solar generation to lower their diesel fuel consumption. Unfortunately, they quickly hit a technical barrier, with the operability of conventional diesel generation constraining the possible renewable energy penetration. In response, system owners and operators have driven renewed … [Read more...]

Hybrid Microgrid: Reducing Diesel

Hybrid Microgrids

The world’s economies are electrifying at an impressive rate. Between 2000 and 2008, the world electricity produced per capita has increased by over 30% percent. Much of this electricity, particularly in developing economies, has traditionally come from generators burning diesel fuel. This trend is beginning to change, however, as electricity users … [Read more...]

ABB Showcases Solar-Diesel Microgrid at its Johannesburg Facility

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ABB continued to expand its footprint in Africa's microgrid market today with a new solar-diesel microgrid, showcased at its 314,961 square-foot Longmeadow business park in Johannesburg. The installation is part of a larger push by ABB into South Africa, where a market for microgrids is forming because power demand is outpacing supply, leading … [Read more...]

Battery/Diesel Grid-connected Microgrids: A Case Study of Future Microgrid Capabilities

Introduction 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) which will likely be part of future microgrid systems. Based in Victoria, Australia, AusNet Services, the state’s largest energy … [Read more...]

New York’s First Emissions Regulations for Distributed Generation Will Slash Diesel Pollution

NRDC's Miles Farmer and Jackson Morris look at an effort in New York to reduce emissions for distributed generation and what it would mean for diesel generators. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is soliciting comments on its newly proposed emissions regulations for distributed generators. The regulations (which … [Read more...]

Diesel Generators: A Tried and True Technology Behind Microgrids

The Diesel Technology Forum explains why the US is developing microgrids and how diesel generators make them reliable. Microgrids are gaining attention lately. From issues relating to electricity reliability to climate change resiliency, more communities, municipalities and even the Department of Defense have plans to install small electricity … [Read more...]

Dual Fuel Diesel Engines Help Keep the Lights On

Dual Fuel Diesel Engines

When high winds knock out wind turbines supplying power to the grid, dual fuel diesel engines serve as an important line of defense against blackouts. “Diesel generators can be structured to pick up in small areas, replacing wind energy,” said Jeff Powell, product manager for Fairbanks Morse Engine in this podcast. “For example, they can back up … [Read more...]

Diesel Microgrids, Low Oil Prices, and Averting Catastrophe

Are low oil prices influencing decisions to include diesel generators in microgrids? It’s a fair question to ask with fuel accounting for about 95 percent of the total cost of ownership of a diesel generator, and the gensets found in nearly 40 percent of new microgrids. But fuel price doesn’t appear to play a big role in the decision to … [Read more...]