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...]

Selecting the right partner is key to successful tribal microgrids

Tim McDuffie, senior business development engineer at Smarter Grid Solutions, offers guidance for Native American communities that are developing tribal microgrids. A growing number of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, nations and communities are turning to microgrids for both resilience and energy independence. To help ensure the … [Read more...]

How the ‘grid of the future’ starts with sectionalizing the grid today

Rafael Ozaki, business unit CEO at Siemens Grid Software US, explains why sectionalizing the grid will help us achieve the dream of a clean, reliable, resilient electric system. There’s the electric grid we have today — built to carry electricity one way from large, predictable power plants to homes and businesses. And there’s the smart, … [Read more...]