Using Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing throughout Microgrid Lifecycle

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The last entry in a new Microgrid Knowledge special report, released in partnership with Typhoon HIL, highlights how microgrid developers can use Hardware-in-the-Loop testing throughout a microgrid's lifecycle, not just during the design and construction phase.  Verification of protection coordination  Hardware-in-the-loop testing is a … [Read more...]

Researchers Propose Floating Microgrids Made up of Electric Boats

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Electric boats may enable floating microgrids that could serve islands that have historically been powered by fossil fuels, according to a report from researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. “Powering small islands with reliable, affordable and green electricity is a big challenge due to their dispersed … [Read more...]

Meet Virginia: September 17 Event to Boost the State’s Clean Energy Transition

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It’s not North Carolina. And it’s certainly not California. But Virginia is emerging as an increasingly good place for the clean energy industry. Exactly how — and what can be done to accelerate the transition — will be the topic of the Virginia Clean Energy Summit, September 17 in Richmond. The conference “is very much about having a wide … [Read more...]

Microgrids Made Easier — and Smarter — with Software that uses Artificial Intelligence

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Good things don't always come easily. Microgrids are no exception. "The process of developing microgrids can be costly. It begins with a feasibility study reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars, even before any design, procurement and installation," said Kay Aikin, CEO of US-based Introspective Systems."Moreover, those feasibility studies … [Read more...]

Water but No Grid: A Microgrid Solves Dilemma for UAE Agricultural Operation

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There was water, but no electric grid at the site Themar Al Emarat chose for its new hydroponic farm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The agricultural company found the solution in a 5.94 MW off-grid microgrid. Key to the farm's success is the ability to cool and chill water for cultivating mushrooms, lettuce and other crops for local … [Read more...]

Walk Through the Last of the Microgrid Development Phases: Implementation

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This guest post is adapted  from a new white paper from the DOE's Rima Kasia Oueid that outlines the three microgrid development phases for public critical infrastructure microgrids. This entry explores Phase 3: Implementation.  Implementing a microgrid requires significant time, effort and investment. There are many cost variables that must … [Read more...]

The Greening of California Continues with Upcoming Energy Storage Solicitations

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) Oct. 30 will release two energy storage solicitations totaling $31 million to support the state’s goal under SB 100 of attaining 100% fossil-free electricity by 2045. The commission wants to get the word out now because preparing energy storage projects and proposals can be time consuming, said Mike … [Read more...]

The Future of AI in Facility Management

A recent post on the Veolia blog explores the importance of AI in modern facility management. What do our future smart buildings look like?  If there is one thing we know from working in smart buildings, it is how rapidly technology advances. Consequently, the building management space can be difficult to predict; however, there are developing … [Read more...]

Researching the Human Side of Microgrids, Too, for Storm-Battered Tallahassee

Battered by Hurricane Michael last year, the City of Tallahassee and researchers are trying to design a storm-hardened microgrid system, one that considers both engineering and human psychology. The city is working with a cross-disciplinary research team from Colorado State University (CSU) that won a  $194,000 grant in June from the National … [Read more...]

Does Your Microgrid Have Enough Computing Power?

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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...]