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Remote Generation Optimization with Microgrids Increases Efficiency

A new white paper from Go Electric explores how microgrids can help optimize remote generation for both efficiency and fuel savings. The paper presents a case study of the Go Electric GEM/ISM microgrid system. The author models a 1-MW remote site using three 350-MW generators, both with and without the GEM/ISM microgrid system. The author's goal is … [Read more...]

Balancing Microgrid Goals: Can Carbon-Free Electricity Alone Guarantee the Lights Will Stay On?

Microgrids can be carbon-free or fully reliable, but generally not both — at least not yet, according to most experts on a Microgrid 2021 panel that looked at balancing microgrid goals. The debate comes as businesses and institutions are striving to reduce the risk their power could be cut off, according to Matt Roberts, panel moderator and … [Read more...]

Microgrid Costs, How to Lower Them and What They Mean for the Sector’s Growth

Factors like generation choice, battery size and interconnection upgrades affect microgrid costs, but there are ways to manage them so projects can move forward with satisfied customers, according to panelists at a Microgrid 2021 conference session called "Why Does a Microgrid Cost What It Costs?" A 2018 study by the National Renewable … [Read more...]

Distributed Microgrid Management and Control: Reducing Energy Costs

In its new white paper, Veritone describes the distributed microgrid management and control system that it developed with Microsoft to reduce energy costs. Using Microsoft's Azure secure cloud-based architecture and Veritone's rules-based distributed edge controllers, the two companies have created highly scalable technology that will allow … [Read more...]

Calculating Reliability for Microgrids Means Understanding Risks, Consequences

A new white paper from PowerSecure explores how to calculate reliability for microgrids, including the need to understand the risks and consequences of outages. In the face of uncertain times, there is a great need for highly reliable power solutions. The number and duration of outages are increasing and because solutions to large scale outages … [Read more...]

Reliability and Sustainability: Must They be at Odds?

Can all microgrids be 100% renewable, 100% reliable and still affordable? It’s a question that dogs the microgrid industry as it strives for low carbon energy production, but also must guarantee the power will not go out in places like hospitals and water plants. Fossil fuel generators often act as backstops at critical facilities. This week … [Read more...]

Maryland County Taps AlphaStruxure for Electric Bus Microgrid

Montgomery County, Maryland, selected AlphaStruxure — a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the Carlyle Group — to build a bus depot microgrid that will include electric bus chargers. The 4-MW project for the county outside of Washington, D.C., uses an energy-as-a-service model that doesn’t require upfront payments from the … [Read more...]

Renewable Microgrids, Distributed Power, Inverters and the Grid

A new white paper from Go Electric explores how a synchronous inverter can help the nation's electrical infrastructure accept power from a variety of inputs including distributed generation, smart grid initiatives and renewable microgrids. According to the authors, renewable energy sources typically produce less power in a more uncontrolled … [Read more...]

Looking to Win Support for a Microgrid? Take this Approach with the Community, Says New Research

When community members participate in renewable energy planning and financing — especially with community microgrids or community solar — they facilitate the move to renewable energy, said the co-author of a new study on shared decision making from the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. The study, "Public Attitudes, … [Read more...]

Depot-Based Electric Vehicles Like ‘Mobile Microgrids to Support the Grid’

Electric buses, delivery trucks and other fleet vehicles are like mobile microgrids that can help balance the grid, and their depots offer huge potential to reduce peak usage through demand response programs that also yield income. That’s the goal of CPower Energy Management, a distributed energy resource (DER) aggregator that recently … [Read more...]