Advanced Microgrid Controls: To Be or Not To Be – The Key Considerations to Help You Decide

Advanced Microgrid Controls

Siemens Digital Grid's Clark Wiedetz walks readers through through the question of whether to operate your microgrid using advanced microgrid controls that are centralized or simpler decentralized controls.  I recently attended the fourth annual Microgrid Conference in San Diego, hosted by Microgrid Knowledge. With more than 400 attendees, … [Read more...]

Asset-Backed Demand Response: The ‘Next Big Idea’ in Energy

asset-backed demand response

The NRG editorial team explores the ins and outs of asset-backed demand response — what it calls "microgrid complexity made simple."  Over its first 100 years, electricity improved the way we live and work by bringing light to the world. Now, once again, it’s at the heart of human progress, this time with the rise of smart cities, electric … [Read more...]

4 ways Controller Hardware in the Loop and Model-based Engineering are Reducing Risk

Controller Hardware in the Loop

Matt Baker, Ivan Celanovic and Paul Roege, of Typhoon-HIL, break down how Controller Hardware in the Loop (C-HIL), and model-based engineering work to ensure your microgrid performs, and allows companies to test and validate microgrid design every step of the way. Industry 4.0 is dawning, and digitalization, decarbonization, and … [Read more...]

Applying Best Practices in Microgrid Implementation to Empower the Private Sector

private sector microgrids

Ameresco’s vice president of microgrid services, Will Agate, explores best practices in implementation for the growing number of private sector microgrids. The industry is quickly moving beyond the public sector.  To date, many of the early adopters for the more complex microgrid deployments have occurred in the public sector, involving the … [Read more...]

Unlock Value by Sharing your Microgrid Resources

microgrids

Patrick Lee, president of PXiSE Energy Solutions, explores the potential value of sharing microgrid resources with the main grid and the use of intelligent microgrid optimization technology. Many customers install microgrids for financial benefits and as a safety net to ensure a reliable, resilient power supply in the event of a utility … [Read more...]

Top Three Things to Consider When Planning a Microgrid

POWER Engineers

POWER Engineers' Greg Clark, highlights three crucial elements to consider for microgrid planning and early development, including environmental considerations, regulatory issues and technical feasibility.  You’ve decided a microgrid may be a viable solution to meet your needs, and suddenly, there’s a litany of questions to answer. Even … [Read more...]

Optimal Climate Change Adaptation is Priority Number One

Climate Change Adaptation

Advisian's Tristan Jackson and Andrea Ruotolo stress the importance of climate change adaptation in designing a more sustainable, distributed, resilient grid of the future. As new technologies become available and new conditions emerge, proactive adaptation can cost much less than reacting, particularly when some costs are intangible. When … [Read more...]

Leaving Uncertainty Behind: Real Time Simulation for Microgrids

microgrid simulation

Kati Sidwall, of RTDS Technologies, explains how microgrid popularity and a growing market has ramped up demand for testing facilities and detailed microgrid simulation.  The relevance of microgrids to the modern power system has become so significant that fewer and fewer players – whether utilities, equipment developers, policymakers or … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids? The Evolving Energy Landscape

why microgrids

Concord Engineering Group's Joe Sullivan walks readers through the evolving landscape that is bringing about energy independence. This shift involves a reshaping of our approach to producing and delivering electric power and answers the question: Why microgrids? Fifteen years ago no one would have foreseen that the United Sates lead by … [Read more...]

Micro or Mini: There’s a Grid Type for Every Energy Need

microgrid infrastructure

Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun highlights the growing microgrid options for communities, businesses and institutions today. Microgrids or minigrids? Haun breaks it down.  In its Q4 2018 Microgrid Deployment Tracker, Navigant Research reported 2,258 microgrid projects, representing nearly 20 GW of capacity across seven geographies. Interestingly, … [Read more...]