Microgrid Hardware in the Loop Testing Helps Developers Perfect Projects & Avoid Failure

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Here we highlight the engineering challenges — and solutions — of developing and implementing microgrids and distributed energy resources. This post, part of a Microgrid Knowledge special report series, explores microgrid testing in real time through model-based engineering. Facing the challenge  Microgrids and DERs change the electrical grid … [Read more...]

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...]

Rural Electrification: Not Only Lights, but Jobs

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Minigrids and distributed renewable energy (DRE) promise to create much-needed employment as rural electrification ramps up in Nigeria, India and Kenya, according to a study, Powering Jobs Census 2019: The Energy Access Workforce. The report comes from Power for All, an organization of 250 business, finance, research and civil society … [Read more...]

Off-Grid Microgrid to Power Oil and Gas Operations in Tunisia

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Italian multinational energy corporation ENI is building an off-grid, solar-storage microgrid at an oil and gas facility in Tunisia and integrating it with existing, on-site natural gas generation. All the energy produced by the off-grid microgrid will be used to power the facility's upstream operations. Metka EGN, a wholly owned … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Simulation, Testing Techniques Pave Way for Future Microgrids

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Microgrid Knowledge, in partnership with Typhoon HIL, explores the possibilities of new microgrid simulation and testing tools in a special report. The following entry looks at the "three D's" — digitalization, decentralization and decarbonization. Digitalization, decentralization and decarbonization  The electric power grid is undergoing one … [Read more...]

History of Microgrids in the US: From Pearl Street to Plug-and-Play

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While it may seem that microgrids are new, the history of microgrids shows they have been around in some form for years in the US — although they haven’t always been called microgrids. The first one was introduced by Thomas Edison in 1882 at his Pearl Street Station, which combined heat and power and produced electricity and thermal … [Read more...]

Georgia Makes a Big Clean Energy Move

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Georgia isn’t usually associated with bold clean energy moves, but this week state regulators decided to make some history. The Public Service Commission did so in a vote on Georgia Power’s integrated resource plan (IRP), a strategy that outlines what resources the utility plans to use over 20 years. (Dockets 42310 and 42311). Filed in … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

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...]