Direct Current Microgrids to Power Europe’s Green Ambitions

A new European project, TIGON, will develop technology and demonstrate how direct current (DC) microgrids can help the European Union’s (EU) electricity grids become greener, more efficient and resilient. The project involves 15 partners from eight different European Member States. The EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program is … [Read more...]

Italian Marine Microgrids Technology Demonstrator Signs Agreement

An Italian University and private partners recently signed a cooperation agreement to develop innovative technologies for electric marine microgrids and construct a technology demonstrator to test new solutions. The University of Trieste’s Digital Energy Transformation and Electrification Facility (ETEF) will work in collaboration with … [Read more...]

How Microgrids can Increase Resiliency for Data Centers

COVID-19 has forced many people to work from home, making resiliency of energy supplies for data centers more important than ever. Derek Tugwell, vice president of data centers at PowerSecure, discusses how microgrids can help. What impact has COVID-19 had on data centers? Derek Tugwell: Cloud services are being used at a much higher level. … [Read more...]

Microgrid Used as a Testbed for Neural Network

A research team at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has tested a neural network for controlling power systems on a microgrid. The team set out to solve the challenge of modeling static and dynamic characteristics of a power system. A static characteristic is an action that does not change within a certain amount of … [Read more...]

Offshore Wind Project in Turkey Applies Microgrid Principles

WindFlag, a collaboration between four universities and two companies from Denmark and Turkey, plans to apply microgrid principles to improve the integration of offshore wind farms with the electricity grid in Turkey. Turkey is home to one of the fastest growing energy markets. There are plans in place to increase electricity generation from … [Read more...]

How can Resilience Tariffs Improve Microgrid Economics?

Microgrids bring benefits to communities and cities, but economic barriers can stand in the way of their deployment. Mehdi Ganji, smart cities vice president at Willdan Energy Solutions, discusses the use of resilience tariffs to overcome these barriers in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor. How do microgrids fit into … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Airports: the Barriers and Solutions

Energy systems serving airports could benefit from microgrids, but this is not a common solution in the sector. Mehdi Ganji, smart cities vice president at Willdan Energy Solutions, discusses the barriers and solutions to airport microgrids in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor. What energy issues do airports face, and … [Read more...]

Report Examines Sustainable Minigrids for Rwandan Refugee Camps

Investment in clean energy solutions — in particular minigrids — offers the potential to reduce the costs and environmental impact of humanitarian operations, according to a briefing note on Rwanda published by Imperial College London, UK. Fossil fueled systems often power humanitarian assistance work. Philip Sandwell and Javier Baranda … [Read more...]

Funding Microgrids: CAPEX versus OPEX

There are multiple approaches to funding microgrids. Eric Dupont, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at PowerSecure, discusses why CAPEX versus OPEX become important considerations in this interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor.  What is the difference between capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational … [Read more...]

Why Microgrid Projects Start with Energy Monitoring and Energy Efficiency

Why do microgrid projects need to start with energy monitoring and energy efficiency? Jules Nohra, director of optimization services, Veolia North America, explains in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor. Why is it important to make a facility as energy efficient as possible before you install a microgrid? Jules … [Read more...]