Using Microgrids & Distributed Energy to Mitigate Wildfires

wildfires

It seems over the past few years, during peak season when rain is short, all the west coast — and across the country for that matter — hears about is wildfires. They continue to worsen, and over the last several decades, the western United States has become a region of widespread, high-intensity wildfires. That's according to a new report from … [Read more...]

Report Shows Mission-Critical Enterprises Increasingly Turn to Microgrids to Enhance Energy Reliability

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More and more, mission-critical enterprises are using microgrids with on-site power systems to ramp up energy reliability, efficiency and sustainability. Why? As technology advances, power outages are simply unacceptable at military bases, health-care facilities, data centers, distribution centers and more. A new report from PowerSecure, … [Read more...]

Does Your Microgrid Have Enough Computing Power?

microgrid computing power

Microgrids need to have enough computing power to operate even if a facility is experiencing connectivity issues, says Joseph Gottlieb, CTO of Rhombus Energy. His company builds software to meet this need. "It's a booming business," he says in an interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge at Microgrid 2019. Rhombus … [Read more...]

New Report Highlights how Organizations are Leveraging Energy Infrastructure to Avoid Outages

energy infrastructure

Today's organizations and enterprises, especially those dealing with mission-critical facilities or emergency services, know the negative impact of power outages. Hurricanes and wildfires have "exposed vulnerabilities in our energy system," according to a new white paper from Ameresco. No longer are occasional power outages considered a … [Read more...]

Model-Based Engineering: What does it Solve for Microgrid Development?

model-based engineering

In a panel discussion at Microgrid 2019 in San Diego, Typhoon HIL experts explored how model-based system engineering — in particular ultra-high-fidelity Hardware in the Loop (HIL) digital twins — significantly derisk and accelerate projects, eliminate microgrid control integration and interoperability issues, and deliver improved functionality and … [Read more...]

PowerSecure Provides Engineering, Procurement & Construction for Butler Farms Microgrid Upgrade

A new farm microgrid in rural North Carolina is gaining traction as a model for future rural  microgrids. PowerSecure, a Southern Company subsidiary, engineered, procured and constructed the microgrid.  Power from pig manure may sound odd. But a Lillington, N.C. microgrid is showing how its done. In fact, the Butler Farms project is a … [Read more...]

Advisian Leaders Showcase Advanced Energy Software Tool

energy software tool

In an interview at Microgrid 2019, two Advisian executives — Tristan Jackson, director, smart and distributed energy and Andrea Ruotolo, senior manager, smart and distributed energy — discuss the company’s latest advanced energy software tool.  Advisian is the technical consulting branch of Worley — a 55,000 person engineering services firm … [Read more...]

Russelectric Sees Solar and Storage as Keys to Sustainability, Cost Reductions in Microgrid Market

solar and storage

Tim Kelley, director of renewable microgrids at Russelectric, cites new drivers for microgrids. More and more customers are installing them to achieve sustainability and cost reduction goals. Solar and storage make those goals viable. Russelectric has been in the microgrid market for nearly 50 years. The company provides microgrids to … [Read more...]

RTDS Technologies Highlights the Benefits of Real-Time Simulation Tools

real-time simulation

Kati Sidwall, simulation specialist at RTDS Technologies, explains the benefits of real-time simulation tools, which allow users to de-risk systems before deploying them to the grid. The tools help eliminate uncertainty for microgrids, as Sidwall explains to Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge editor, at Microgrid 2019 in San Diego.     … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric & AlphaStruxure Talk Local Production, Efficient Consumption, Smart Acquisition

Local Energy Production

In an interview with Juan Macias, CEO of AlphaStruxure, and Mark Feasal, vice president, smart grid, Schneider Electric, we learn about the microgrid and local energy strategies being pursued by the aligned companies. Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviewed Macias and Feasel at Microgrid 2019 in San … [Read more...]