Two pitfalls to avoid when selecting batteries for your industrial microgrid

Colin MacKenzie, principal consultant at Smarter Grid Solutions, explains two of the key questions to ask when selecting batteries for your industrial microgrid. The need for a resilient source of power is becoming increasingly important for industrial facilities. As they face growing threats from wildfires, natural disasters and a host of … [Read more...]

Australian university studies possible network of coastal microgrids in New South Wales

One Step Off The Grid’s Sophie Vorrath describes an Australian university's plan to investigate a possible network of coastal microgrids in New South Wales Eurobodalla Shire, a region vulnerable to power outages. A project led by the Australian National University (ANU) has selected eight sites on the New South Wales south coast for a deeper … [Read more...]

Case study: Disaster preparedness begins with reliable power

In February 2021, frigid temperatures brought chaos to roads and wreaked havoc on Texas energy infrastructure. The winter storm left millions of residents without power and thousands of businesses unable to operate. But the important work conducted at AmerisourceBergen continued. The wholesale pharmaceutical company, which distributes … [Read more...]

Streamlining grid interconnection to keep microgrid projects on track

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton, explains why interconnection is one of the top three barriers to activating a microgrid. In a world where energy costs are increasing, power interruptions from extreme weather events are more frequent and the need to decarbonize is more and more important, microgrids … [Read more...]

Energy self-sufficiency in residential and mixed-use developments

Jonathan Abaee, senior sales manager, gas power solutions, North America for the Power Systems division of Rolls-Royce, explores how the energy self-sufficiency supplied by residential microgrids can benefit communities. In the US, we’ve had political debates for decades over energy independence and removing our dependence on foreign oil, … [Read more...]

The importance of modeling for distributed energy success

Jacob Feutz, program manager, distributed energy solutions at EnTech Solutions, explains how modeling can ensure that your energy project starts off on solid footing. Modeling is key to the success of a distributed energy system. Why? Consider the following: According to the US Energy Information Administration, there are nearly 3,000 … [Read more...]

In Australia, New South Wales’ grid operator goes against the convention and pursues a microgrid

Renew Economy's Giles Parkinson describes a bold move in Australia by New South Wales grid operator Transgrid to pursue a microgrid over a more conventional diesel option. Plans to power the remote New South Wales mining city of Broken Hill with a world-first renewable microgrid have been revived after transmission company Transgrid found a … [Read more...]

Understanding inter-IBR oscillations in microgrids using PHIL

Juan Felipe Patarroyo, power systems simulation specialist at OPAL-RT Technologies and Nayeem Ninad, research engineer at CanmetEnergy in Varennes, Canada, explore how power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) can help grid operators, researchers, system planners and associated stakeholders understand inter-IBR oscillations in microgrids. As … [Read more...]

Microgrids drive a net-zero future for electrified fleets

As more fleets convert to electric vehicles, infrastructures and internal systems must be digitized and energy needs to include sustainable resources. Don Wingate, vice president of utility and microgrid solutions North America operations at Schneider Electric, discusses what digitization and electrification mean for fleets and where microgrids fit … [Read more...]

From the cacophony of on-site energy supply and demand, new control systems and hardware solutions conduct a beautiful symphony in advanced microgrids

John Stark, marcom and product manager at Russelectric, discusses how advanced microgrid controls guide a symphony of advanced microgrids, just like a conductor guides an orchestra. When Russelectric, a Siemens business, first started working on the graphic seen below to help customers understand how advanced microgrid controls can empower … [Read more...]