How DERMS and Smart Inverters Safely Bring Distributed Resources to the Grid

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Distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and smart inverters can together help efficiently and safely bring distributed energy onto the grid, as described in the fourth part of a Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series on DERMS and virtual power plants.  As use of renewable energy grows, grid management becomes more complex for … [Read more...]

What are Distributed Energy Management Systems (aka DERMS)?

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Last week, the new Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series that explores the benefits of distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs) covered how VPPs can replace conventional power plants while also providing higher efficiency, greater flexibility and increased grid reliability. Here’s the third post, that … [Read more...]

New Microgrid for South Australia, Storage for San Diego, and Off-Grid Electricity for Uganda

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South Australia microgrid to provide secure power for transmission network Australia continues to be a mecca for microgrid projects with another announced today, this one for Electranet, South Australia’s principal transmission network service provider. The microgrid is being installed to ensure stable power supply in an area with … [Read more...]

Virtual Power Plants: Coming Soon to a Grid Near You

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Virtual power plants (VPPs) are growing in popularity and helping shape the grid of the future, as explained in the second installment of a new Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series about VPPs and distributed energy management systems (DERMS). Before the 2016 elections in the Philippines, officials worried about the potential for … [Read more...]

The 21st Century Power Grid: Not Your Parents’ Power Grid

DERMs and VPPs

DERMs and VPPs -- you hear the terms often now. They stand for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs), and they are remaking the electric grid as we know it. Learn more about DERMS and VPPs in our Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series. Here's the first part, a discussion about what makes the 21st … [Read more...]

Hawaii Looks to Microgrid Development After Lava Mangles Utility Equipment

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Following the volcanic eruptions on Hawaii's Big Island — where poles and equipment have been damaged or destroyed by lava — both Hawaii Electric Light (HELCO) and the state are moving toward boosting microgrid development. The eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano began May 3 on the Big Island and continue, with lava mangling utility-owned … [Read more...]

Software ‘Brings Everything Together’ for New Microgrid Clusters

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What are the software challenges microgrid clusters face?  Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid NA, answers that question at Microgrid 2018 in an interview with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. Microgrids are based on the concepts of reliability, efficiency, and resiliency. But as Siemens’ Michael Carlson pointed … [Read more...]

Microgrids for the Greater Good: Serving People by Guaranteeing Energy

Microgrids for the Greater Good

From electrifying remote African villages to bringing clean power to the US grid, microgrids serve the greater good, as discussed here by Michael Kilpatrick, vice president of power systems at S&C Electric. Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviewed Kilpatrick at Microgrid 2018. The interview took place before … [Read more...]

Shouldn’t We Have More DC Microgrids?

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Direct current (DC) microgrids offer a lot of advantages in today's digitally networked, electrified world. Yet they face challenges gaining acceptance on the US grid where alternating current (AC) dominates. That's not to say DC isn't used. Much of the high-power electrical equipment and machinery used in industry, buildings and … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Social Justice, Cities, Schools and Even Furniture

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Microgrids for social justice in Massachusetts The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has awarded two $75,000 grants for social justice microgrids planned in Boston's Chinatown and Chelsea neighborhoods. The microgrids are the brainchild of an energy democracy collaborative called RUN-GJC, which intends to use the funds to conduct  technical … [Read more...]