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...]

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

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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 Brains Behind the Brain of the Microgrid: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

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A lot of disagreement exists about what constitutes a microgrid. But there are two things people generally agree on. First, a microgrid can island or isolate itself from the central grid. Second, they are governed by a microgrid controller that acts as a management brain and distinguishes the system from being just a "dumb" amalgamation of power … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

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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...]

Most Read Microgrid Knowledge Stories of 2017 and the Companies Featured

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As we compiled this year's list of most-read Microgrid Knowledge stories, we were intrigued to see what captured -- and kept capturing -- our readers' attention. Storms, wildfires, innovations, blockchain, energy storage, solar and the city of Pittsburgh were among the winning topics. Companies in the top 10 articles include ABB, Consolidated … [Read more...]

What’s Next as NREL Ups the IQ of the Microgrid Controller?

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is expected to release results soon from a microgrid controller competition designed to further develop the “brain” of the microgrid. NREL will announce a winner and publish results for the microgrid industry to use in advancing the all-important intelligence that distinguishes microgrids from … [Read more...]

No Microgrids at the Busiest Airport in the World?

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Like Puerto Rico, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport found out the hard way why microgrids are a good insurance policy. The world’s busiest airport suffered an 11-hour power outage on Sunday, delaying over a thousand flights and leaving passengers stranded for hours in darkened terminals or seated in planes. Georgia Power, … [Read more...]

Adapting Protection to Island Mode Operation of Microgrids

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), explores some of the challenges of protection coordination for island mode operation of microgrids.  The challenges of protection coordination for island mode operation of microgrids vary per the grid topology and the generation sources such as … [Read more...]

Post Irma: Will the Southeast become the New Northeast for Microgrids?

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Microgrids are on the rise in the U.S., but not quickly enough for the millions in the Southeast who lost power this week – and continue to have none days later -- following Hurricane Irma. Perhaps most poignant, Irma underscores what loss of electricity means to senior citizens, a potentially life-threatening situation when air conditioning … [Read more...]

Hurricane Harvey Creates New Abnormal for the Electric Grid

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Stories are just beginning to emerge about microgrids and distributed energy systems that are keeping critical services up and running despite Hurricane Harvey's best efforts to do them in. Twenty-one convenience stores and gas stations in the Houston area remained open thanks to an unusual microgrid system designed by Enchanted Rock … [Read more...]