How Hardware-in-the-Loop Drives Microgrid Control Innovation

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Thomas Kirk, senior applications engineer at OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES, explores Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL), a new test technique for microgrids involving digital real-time simulation. With the promise of improved efficiency and resiliency, and a reduced carbon footprint, the total capacity and spending on microgrids is projected to quintuple by … [Read more...]

Microgrid at the Center of $630 Million London City Airport Expansion

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The London City Airport microgrid, now under development, will nearly double the size of the airport's electricity distribution infrastructure, from 3.6 MVA to 7 MVA, and help power a major airport expansion and upgrade. The microgrid is a critical element of the airport's broader $630.5 million City Airport Development Program, which … [Read more...]

A Tool to Help Home Microgrids Stay Off Grid as Long as Possible

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Researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) have developed an optimization tool for microgrids that allows homes to stay off grid as long as possible, generally using solar, storage and smart meters. The researchers recently received a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office, based on a grant from the US Department of … [Read more...]

What the Schneider/Autogrid Deal Signals about the Future of Microgrids

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Schneider Electric’s recent decision to take a stake in Autogrid hints at the future relationship between utilities and microgrids as data exchange grows in sophistication. A global energy leader in energy management and automation, Schneider is a strong player in both microgrids and the utility market. Autogrid, a California energy software … [Read more...]

Solar Housing Linked to Bronzeville Microgrid Provides Social Justice, Technology Research

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Chicago's Bronzeville microgrid project is demonstrating the social justice benefits of decentralized energy with the completion this month of solar installations on 660 residential units in the Dearborn Homes Community. The project, a partnership of Exelon subsidiary Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), developer VLV Development and the Chicago Housing … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Legislation Proposes Federal Tax Credits for Microgrids in US

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Microgrids would be eligible for federal clean energy investment or production tax credits under a bill recently introduced by US Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. Wyden’s bill proposes to simplify long-term, performance-based energy tax incentives, replacing a jumble of 44 incentives that exist today. The bill strives for a technology-neutral … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Now Operating at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California

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The U.S. Marine Corps has begun operating a $1 million CleanSpark designed and built microgrid at its Camp Pendleton base near San Diego. The California-based microgrid developer won the the contract in 2017 as a sub-contractor to Bethel-Webcor JV, which is building a $70 million communication information system (CIS) operations complex at … [Read more...]

Looking at Microgrids a New Way with DERMS

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In an interview leading up to Microgrid 2019, Siemens' Sacha Fontaine describes how microgrids and DERMS will shape the grid of tomorrow. If microgrids were purely backup power, it would be easy to determine who benefits from them: clearly the customers who are spared from power outages. But grid-connected microgrids do more than keep the … [Read more...]

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

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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...]