Microgrid Shows Lebanon Way Out of Pollution and Power Outages

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A solar-plus-storage microgrid in Lebanon is demonstrating a way the country can overcome its pollution and lack of energy access while boosting economic development. For a month running, Recycle Beirut and an adjacent residential building have been receiving all of the electricity they need with a microgrid that uses 100-kW of solar and a 100 … [Read more...]

Australian Energy Market Operator Invites Consumers to Participate in Virtual Power Plant

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes a virtual power plant program designed to unlock new value for Australian consumers who have invested in distributed energy technology. Plans to harness consumer distributed energy resources and trial using them in service to the greater grid have gained ground last week, with the Australian … [Read more...]

When Your Campus Microgrid Works So Well No One Notices

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You know you’ve done something right when your new campus microgrid islands so seamlessly that you don’t even know it happened. That’s what occurred in February, in response to a communications glitch, at Montclair State University (MSU), the second largest university in New Jersey with 23,000 students. MSU's system includes a 5.4-MW … [Read more...]

Threat of Wildfires and Power Shutdowns Heightens Urgency for Microgrid in California Community

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Recent power shutdowns by Pacific Gas &Electric (PGE) -- and the likelihood of more to come -- has renewed the urgency of a microgrid feasibility study being carried out for the Northern California City of Calistoga. California utilities undertake the shutdowns, known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) when wildfire risk heightens. … [Read more...]

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...]