Biggest Stumbling Block to Microgrids? “We’ve Always Done it that Way”

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What is the biggest stumbling block to microgrids? It’s no longer cost or financing or technology. Instead, the problem is more human centric: Fear of change. That’s one of the insights Schneider Electric’s Kevin Self offered in an interview leading up to Microgrid 2018, underway this week in Chicago. Self, senior vice president strategy, … [Read more...]

Look Who’s Coming to Microgrid 2018, May 7-9, Chicago!

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Very soon...on May 7...executives from around the world will be in Chicago for Microgrid 2018, which promises to be the game changer microgrid conference of the year. Not only does Microgrid 2018 feature tours of working microgrids in the Chicago area, extensive networking events, and a stellar lineup of speakers, but look who’s coming. Here is … [Read more...]

A Microgrid Finance Strategy that Aims for Scale

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Microgrid finance for behind-the-meter projects has been primarily a bespoke, one-off affair involving a single asset. Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN), backed by The Carlyle Group, aims to change that. The Boston, Mass.-based company has assembled what it believes are the critical elements needed to streamline, accelerate and expand microgrids on … [Read more...]

Data Center Microgrids: Mitigating Risk While Increasing Performance

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The new digital economy is changing the face of the data center industry. And the data centers of the future will likely look very different from facilities opened just a few years ago. Some of these changes involve using innovative energy technology, such as data center microgrids, to cut down on risk and improve efficiency and … [Read more...]

Microgrid Benefits and Example Projects

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Energy decentralization is a major development that could help tackle the energy challenges of the 21st century. Major technical and economic improvements have allowed substantial progress in decentralized energy resources, such as solar energy and storage and the Internet of Things (IoT), driving new cooperation and optimization capabilities. Also … [Read more...]

Microgrid Implementation Challenges and Key Technologies

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Microgrid implementation and project challenges vary according to requirements and economic and business drivers, but on a broader level can be developed using a common approach. Microgrid technologies and solutions are already available, reliable and efficient, and there are many examples of successful implementations. However, microgrids’ … [Read more...]

Decentralization: How Microgrids Contribute to the Energy Transition

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In the early 20th century, the centralization of electricity production made huge progress, enabling significant economies of scale and improved power plant efficiency. Today, decentralization could help tackle the energy challenges of the 21st century by creating an optimized way to access reliable, green and resilient energy. Major technical … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids: Smarter, Cleaner Power Infrastructure

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The data center industry is at a crossroads. The types of data centers that will come online in the future may feature attributes much different than what was the status quo in the past. Upon examination of the entire data center fleet, the installed base of data centers is shifting away from internal data centers, with service provider data … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Launches Transportable Solar Microgrid Product

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Schneider Electric today launched a new industrial-class solar microgrid, a containerized, transportable plug & play, transportable unit. Called Villaya, the microgrid was unveiled at the 2018 Schneider Electric Annual Innovation Summit in Paris, which is expected to draw 4,000 visitors. Schneider describes the new solar microgrid as … [Read more...]

Three Considerations When Choosing the Perfect Microgrid Partner

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Mark Feasel, vice president, Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid, Schneider Electric, discusses top considerations for choosing the ideal microgrid partner.  Urbanization, industrialization and digitization continue to shape our lives as new economies are built, and established economies are … [Read more...]