Combined Heat and Power is the Dominant Microgrid Technology…For Now


Combined heat and power (CHP) is the dominant form of microgrid technology now, but solar energy threatens to usurp its position by 2026. That's the word from Navigant Research in its new report, Microgrid Enabling Technologies Market Overview. The report finds that among generation technologies deployed within microgrids, CHP leads with 655 … [Read more...]

The Double Life of Microgrids: Eaton’s Solution to a Cybersecurity Problem


When it comes to cybersecurity, microgrids live a dichotomy. They can block the ill effects of a hacked power grid. But they also can invite trouble. Because of their ability to island from the grid, microgrids offer protections to their customers during an attack on the grid. If a hacker causes a grid outage, the microgrid can separate … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids


Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]

Smarter Energy Management Delivers Reliability, Efficiency and Cost Savings

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A new white paper from Eaton explores how microgrid evolution is fueling smarter energy management. Recently, with increased capacity of distributed energy resources – think solar, wind, combined heat and power (CHP), energy storage, and more — Eaton points out businesses, institutions and individuals are jumping on the chance to optimize … [Read more...]

$20M for Power Electronics R&D…California’s Microgrid Roadmap…Fort Custer Microgrid

DOE funds $20M for power electronics, a key part of a microgrid Now that utility-scale solar costs only 6 cents/kWh on average, U.S. energy policymakers will no longer focus as heavily on driving down prices. Instead, they are turning an eye toward using solar to improve grid reliability and resilience -- a key microgrid feature. As part of the … [Read more...]

DOE Invests up to $50M for Microgrids, Grid Resilience & Cybersecurity


The Department of Energy didn’t mention microgrids much in a recent report on grid reliability, but it did back the technology today in a $50 million energy resilience and security package. The money will go to the DOE’s national laboratories for early research on tools – including microgrids – to help communities recover from the kind of … [Read more...]

Microgrids: The Key to Power Resiliency

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There are a variety of both practical and technical considerations to take into consideration while advancing power resiliency through microgrids. But you know what’s even more expensive than advancement? Power disruptions. In fact, according to Eaton’s Blackout Tracker Annual Report, electric outages cost the economy $150 billion annually and … [Read more...]

How to Design and Island a Microgrid Safely

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The ability to island a microgrid safely is crucial to one of its essential missions -- delivering reliable power to critical facilities during a power outage. This, in fact, is a primary driver for microgrids’ growing popularity among public and private institutions. The team at Eaton is focused on leveraging the knowledge and expertise … [Read more...]

Using Virtual Microgrids to Gain Confidence Before Breaking Ground

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Eaton's William Murch explains the advantages of using virtual microgrids to test your system before it's installed. How do you know your microgrid will work before the system is in place? Each microgrid is designed to meet unique applications and composed of a mix of legacy and new assets with legacy controllers. It is well known that … [Read more...]

Fort Custer Plans a Demonstration Microgrid to Reduce Energy Surety Costs

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The U.S. Department of Defense plans to develop a demonstration microgrid project at the Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan aimed at reducing costs for energy surety where military facilities are in close proximity to each other. Advanced technology developer Electricore will lead the project with support from power company Eaton and local … [Read more...]