Cummins opens new microgrid test lab

Cummins has announced the launch of a new microgrid test lab that will allow the company’s engineers and technical partners to assess and optimize the performance of complex microgrid systems. Located at the Cummins Power Generation facility in Fridley, Minnesota, the 20,000 square foot Cummins Power Integration Center (PIC) cost more than $5 … [Read more...]

Update: President Joe Biden signs Inflation Reduction Act. What will change for microgrids?

Update: On Tuesday, August 16, one day after this story was published, US President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. Here are 8 changes (all good) it's expected to bring to microgrids.  The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is now just a pen swipe away from becoming law following its approval Saturday by the US … [Read more...]

Congressman Casten: Microgrid owners need to get paid for the value they create

When ISO New England (ISO-NE), a grid operator, developed its first forward capacity markets in the early 2000s, US Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill. — then an energy developer — built a cogeneration plant in northern Vermont that yielded savings for the plant owners and the ISO by cutting peak demand on the system. During a press interview at the time, … [Read more...]

Cummins executive on military microgrids in war zones

In a runup to Microgrid 2022, Wissam Balshe, business director of energy management solutions at Cummins Power Generation, discusses military microgrids and how global trends are impacting the microgrid market. https://vimeo.com/706624210 "There are a lot of different use cases and applications of microgrids, whether it's to improve resiliency, … [Read more...]

Energy modeling is key to determining microgrid feasibility

A new white paper from Cummins explores how energy modeling can be used to determine microgrid feasibility without any major upfront costs. An aging energy infrastructure, extreme weather events, new emissions mandates and the rising cost of energy are driving many businesses to look for reliable, cleaner and more affordable energy sources. … [Read more...]

India becomes latest to test green hydrogen microgrids

The green hydrogen microgrid — powered with a form of hydrogen produced using renewable energy — is still a nascent technology, but pilot tests are emerging with the most recent being undertaken by NTPC, the largest utility in India. NTPC plans to construct the nation’s first stand-alone fuel cell microgrid that uses green hydrogen at its … [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...]

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...]

Register By May 17 to Attend Next Week’s Sessions at Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids

At Microgrid Knowledge, we like to say that microgrids are a technology on the side of angels. That might sound like hyperbole unless you are among those who have lost their electricity in dire circumstances. Consider what happened in October 2019 when the power went out in Humboldt County, California, leaving medical patients with no place … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Market Continues to See Growth in Digitization, Decentralization and Decarbonization

The advancement of microgrids is part of a larger trend bringing more digitization, decentralization and decarbonization to the power industry. Technology is moving faster, and today's customers may select power from cleaner sources, generate it on their rooftop, use it more easily with connected Wi-Fi options and save money while connecting these … [Read more...]