Why Microgrid Projects Start with Energy Monitoring and Energy Efficiency

Why do microgrid projects need to start with energy monitoring and energy efficiency? Jules Nohra, director of optimization services, Veolia North America, explains in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor. Why is it important to make a facility as energy efficient as possible before you install a microgrid? Jules … [Read more...]

Lessons from Microgrids for the COVID-19 Crisis

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Trevor Gionet and Kay Aikin of Introspective Systems explain how flattening the COVID-19 curve is much like managing the grid with microgrids and demand response. There are parallels between COVID-19 responses and the management of the electrical grid of the future. Concepts like “flattening the curve” and” self-quarantine” are concepts not … [Read more...]

Research RFP for Lead Battery Use in Energy Storage, Microgrids

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The Consortium for Battery Innovation has issued a request for research proposals looking at how lead batteries can be used for energy storage for various applications, including microgrids. “As a newer application for lead batteries, research into field and laboratory tests for energy storage systems is essential to gain deeper insights … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids Make Sense for Hotels

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Why are microgrids a good energy solution for hotels? Mike Byrnes, senior vice president Veolia North America, explains in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor.  What kind of hotels are good candidates for microgrids? Mike Byrnes: Generally, the larger the better, as the capital costs go up significantly per unit … [Read more...]

ProtoGen to Bring Energy Storage Symposium to Philadelphia Navy Yard this April

Energy Storage Symposium

ProtoGen, a distributed energy consulting firm is bringing a new event to Philadelphia, Pa. in April. The Energy Storage Symposium: Business Cases, Worker Safety and Standards, is  a one-day event  scheduled for April 17 from 8 to 4:30 pm, at the Penn State Building 661 in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The event, which costs $250 to attend, is … [Read more...]

Microgrid Job of the Week: S&C Electric Seeks App Manager for Distributed Energy Systems

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There's a new job opening at S&C Electric well suited for energy professionals who have experience with advanced microgrid systems. The company seeks an application manager for distributed energy systems. According to the job posting, the chosen candidate will be "responsible for defining, managing, and developing S&C’s integrated … [Read more...]

The Future of the Power Grid: Research Project

Power Grids

Ulrich Munz, of Siemens Corporate Technology, describes a federally funded research project to make the US power grid more resilient and reduce the length of outages. Among other things, researchers will explore splitting the grid into several microgrids. Severe storms can cause massive power outages. In September 2018, Hurricane Florence … [Read more...]

What’s Ahead for the Future of Microgrids?

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S&C Electric's Stephanie Pine describes the future of microgrids as they become more advanced, renewable, standardized, scalable and cybersecure. Over the last few years, microgrid deployments throughout the world have increased. We should expect this trend to continue as market projections point to steadily increasing annual microgrid … [Read more...]

Smart Microgrid Planned for Northern Ireland’s Belfast Harbor

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A pioneering project will see Northern Ireland’s first smart microgrid emerge in the Greater Coleraine area, a $9.5 million project on Belfast Harbor, which will receive $3.04 million of funding from the UK’s Innovate scheme. The Girona project will combine renewables, energy storage and smart grid technology to deliver cleaner and lower-cost … [Read more...]

Microgrid Design: Ensuring Accurate Modeling when Incorporating Energy Management Systems

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Energy management systems (EMS) both enhance and complicate microgrid design. Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explains what it takes to ensure that modeling reflects outcome in today's sophisticated microgrids. There are countless variables to consider when making an investment into a microgrid, from the electrical distribution hardware, to … [Read more...]