Microgrid Knowledge Industry Perspectives Channel

Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

Something Old is Getting a Lot of Attention

natural gas

Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explains why natural gas is top of mind for many in today's microgrid industry.  Globally, we are seeing a push to lower our carbon emissions. From electric cars to rooftop solar, there are more and more ways everyone can help contribute to this goal. While many individuals have … [Read more...]

How Microgrid Infrastructure Will Enable the Electrification of Transportation

microgrid infrastructure

Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explores the role microgrid infrastructure will have in the electrification of transportation.  Not all that long ago, most people laughed at the idea that cars could run entirely on an electric charge, not to mention cars that could drive themselves. While it hasn’t happened overnight, there is no doubt the … [Read more...]

Technology for Innovative Microgrid Solutions Continues to Progress

Microgrid Solutions

Ameresco's Jacqueline DeRosa explores the progression of microgrid solutions and innovative technology that has evolved rapidly in the years since Hurricane Sandy rocked the East Coast.  It has been seven years since Hurricane Sandy caused devastation and an estimated $70 Billion dollars of damage along the Atlantic coast. My mother, living … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrid Controls: To Be or Not To Be – The Key Considerations to Help You Decide

Advanced Microgrid Controls

Siemens Digital Grid's Clark Wiedetz walks readers through through the question of whether to operate your microgrid using advanced microgrid controls that are centralized or simpler decentralized controls.  I recently attended the fourth annual Microgrid Conference in San Diego, hosted by Microgrid Knowledge. With more than 400 attendees, … [Read more...]

Asset-Backed Demand Response: The ‘Next Big Idea’ in Energy

asset-backed demand response

The NRG editorial team explores the ins and outs of asset-backed demand response — what it calls "microgrid complexity made simple."  Over its first 100 years, electricity improved the way we live and work by bringing light to the world. Now, once again, it’s at the heart of human progress, this time with the rise of smart cities, electric … [Read more...]

4 ways Controller Hardware in the Loop and Model-based Engineering are Reducing Risk

Controller Hardware in the Loop

Matt Baker, Ivan Celanovic and Paul Roege, of Typhoon-HIL, break down how Controller Hardware in the Loop (C-HIL), and model-based engineering work to ensure your microgrid performs, and allows companies to test and validate microgrid design every step of the way. Industry 4.0 is dawning, and digitalization, decarbonization, and … [Read more...]

Applying Best Practices in Microgrid Implementation to Empower the Private Sector

private sector microgrids

Ameresco’s vice president of microgrid services, Will Agate, explores best practices in implementation for the growing number of private sector microgrids. The industry is quickly moving beyond the public sector.  To date, many of the early adopters for the more complex microgrid deployments have occurred in the public sector, involving the … [Read more...]

Unlock Value by Sharing your Microgrid Resources

microgrids

Patrick Lee, president of PXiSE Energy Solutions, explores the potential value of sharing microgrid resources with the main grid and the use of intelligent microgrid optimization technology. Many customers install microgrids for financial benefits and as a safety net to ensure a reliable, resilient power supply in the event of a utility … [Read more...]

Top Three Things to Consider When Planning a Microgrid

POWER Engineers

POWER Engineers' Greg Clark, highlights three crucial elements to consider for microgrid planning and early development, including environmental considerations, regulatory issues and technical feasibility.  You’ve decided a microgrid may be a viable solution to meet your needs, and suddenly, there’s a litany of questions to answer. Even … [Read more...]

Optimal Climate Change Adaptation is Priority Number One

Climate Change Adaptation

Advisian's Tristan Jackson and Andrea Ruotolo stress the importance of climate change adaptation in designing a more sustainable, distributed, resilient grid of the future. As new technologies become available and new conditions emerge, proactive adaptation can cost much less than reacting, particularly when some costs are intangible. When … [Read more...]