5 Common Questions About Microgrids Answered

As the microgrid industry grows, more and more readers new to the technology come to Microgrid Knowledge looking to learn the basics. So today we’re taking a step back from our usual flow of industry news to offer a compendium of resources that answers five common questions about microgrids. We offer short explanations for those looking for … [Read more...]

Living Lab Demystifies the Challenges of Installing and Operating Microgrids

Siemens’ living lab in Princeton, N.J., aims to demystify the challenges of installing and operating microgrids and show potential microgrid adopters the path to a carbon-neutral future. The lab's microgrid, located in the company’s US technology headquarters, has been operating for about a year and includes solar photovoltaics (PV), battery … [Read more...]

Facing Off Climate Disaster in Louisiana: The Tale of Two Microgrid Champions

Debra Phipps, of PowerSecure, had her eye on Hurricane Ida when it was little more than an oceanic disturbance. Years of experience, and her company’s state-of-the-art weather monitoring bureau, signaled to her that trouble was headed for the United States long before the rest of us were paying much attention. The more she watched the … [Read more...]

How Many Hurricanes Must Slam the Grid Before We Get the Message? 

The electric grid’s dysfunctional relationship with hurricanes offers a new twist on the Humpty-Dumpty story. Again and again when fierce storms like Hurricane Ida topple wires and poles, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men do put the grid back together again. But with the next big blow, down it goes. So it was head-scratching this … [Read more...]

Asking All the Questions You Can Ask about a Microgrid via Georgia Tech Project

A partnership between the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia Power, a Southern Company utility, aims to study “all the questions you can ask about a microgrid” through the 1.4-MW Tech Square Microgrid, a behind-the-meter demonstration project in midtown Atlanta on the Georgia Tech campus. Owned by Georgia Power, the Tech Square … [Read more...]

Understanding Microgrid Project and Operational Requirements

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we're providing a guide to help microgrid developers avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This second article in the series outlines Step 1: Understanding the Microgrid Project and Operational … [Read more...]

Educating Customers About 3 Key Microgrid Benefits

What microgrid benefits incentivize customers to adopt the technology? The ability to decarbonize, achieve resiliency and lower costs top the list, according to Alex Savelli, executive director of power generation at Cummins. Cummins is especially focused on decarbonization through use of hydrogen — including in fuel cells and electrolyzers. … [Read more...]

Should You Hire a Consultant to Help Develop Your Microgrid?

Power generation is not the primary business of most potential microgrid buyers. They’re generally not familiar with the technical details related to on-grid and off-grid energy, solar panels, controls, artificial intelligence and battery storage. That's where a microgrid consultant may help, says Jon Erickson, senior project manager at POWER … [Read more...]

How Microgrids can Increase Resiliency for Data Centers

COVID-19 has forced many people to work from home, making resiliency of energy supplies for data centers more important than ever. Derek Tugwell, vice president of data centers at PowerSecure, discusses how microgrids can help. What impact has COVID-19 had on data centers? Derek Tugwell: Cloud services are being used at a much higher level. … [Read more...]

Georgia Tech Installs 1.5 MW Data Center Microgrid

A team that includes utility Georgia Power has installed a 1.5 MW data center microgrid to serve the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. Located at ATL1, a DataBank data center, the microgrid uses natural gas and diesel generation, fuel cells, and battery energy storage. During power outages, the microgrid will act … [Read more...]