Microgrid Knowledge Industry Perspectives Channel

Industry Perspectives features guest columns by microgrid industry experts.

How Hospital Microgrids can Solve Energy Challenges

Adam Dutka, vice president sales – healthcare, at PowerSecure, delves into how hospital microgrids can solve energy challenges in these critical institutions, especially in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.  Recent horrific events in our nation’s history taught us many things, none the least of which is an enhanced need for preparedness. … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Airports: the Barriers and Solutions

Energy systems serving airports could benefit from microgrids, but this is not a common solution in the sector. Mehdi Ganji, smart cities vice president at Willdan Energy Solutions, discusses the barriers and solutions to airport microgrids in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor. What energy issues do airports face, and … [Read more...]

Synchronizing Agriculture and Distributed Energy Can Reduce Nigeria’s Oil Dependency

The Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) Olatunde Okeowo and Andrew Allee explore how synching agriculture and distributed energy can cut down on Nigeria's oil dependency, increase energy access and save rural residents money.  What if it was possible to boost both national and local economies while increasing energy access and saving rural … [Read more...]

Why We Need Renewable Natural Gas

Joseph Sullivan, Concord Engineering's vice president of energy policy and development, explores the importance of renewable natural gas in today's energy markets, as well as potential sources and recent RNG legislation and regulation moves.  The organized environmental community has abandoned their previous position that natural gas is … [Read more...]

How Hard has the COVID-19 Economy Hit Clean Energy Workers?

Lara Ettenson, NRDC's director, energy efficiency, climate & clean energy program, details the impact of COVID-19 on clean energy workers and describes what the federal government and states can do to help. The COVID-19 pandemic is a national crisis. Swift action to address the health and safety of communities and workers across the … [Read more...]

Funding Microgrids: CAPEX versus OPEX

There are multiple approaches to funding microgrids. Eric Dupont, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at PowerSecure, discusses why CAPEX versus OPEX become important considerations in this interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor.  What is the difference between capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Why Microgrids Make Sense for Hotels

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...]

The Future of the Power Grid: Research Project

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...]