The Microgrid Perspective Channel

Guest columns by leading industry experts delivering a microgrid perspective on energy resiliency, sustainability and the future of distributed energy.

Microgrids drive a net-zero future for electrified fleets

As more fleets convert to electric vehicles, infrastructures and internal systems must be digitized and energy needs to include sustainable resources. Don Wingate, vice president of utility and microgrid solutions North America operations at Schneider Electric, discusses what digitization and electrification mean for fleets and where microgrids fit … [Read more...]

From the cacophony of on-site energy supply and demand, new control systems and hardware solutions conduct a beautiful symphony in advanced microgrids

John Stark, marcom and product manager at Russelectric, discusses how advanced microgrid controls guide a symphony of advanced microgrids, just like a conductor guides an orchestra. When Russelectric, a Siemens business, first started working on the graphic seen below to help customers understand how advanced microgrid controls can empower … [Read more...]

Selecting the right partner is key to successful tribal microgrids

Tim McDuffie, senior business development engineer at Smarter Grid Solutions, offers guidance for Native American communities that are developing tribal microgrids. A growing number of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, nations and communities are turning to microgrids for both resilience and energy independence. To help ensure the … [Read more...]

How the ‘grid of the future’ starts with sectionalizing the grid today

Rafael Ozaki, business unit CEO at Siemens Grid Software US, explains why sectionalizing the grid will help us achieve the dream of a clean, reliable, resilient electric system. There’s the electric grid we have today — built to carry electricity one way from large, predictable power plants to homes and businesses. And there’s the smart, … [Read more...]

Don’t forget the ‘steps’ when stepping into the future of decarbonized, decentralized energy

Mike Byrnes of Veolia North America explains why we shouldn't immediately abandon "old school" fossil fuel microgrids in our race to a decarbonized energy future. The momentum toward microgrids today is encouraging as the energy industry and end-users alike pursue a clean, decentralized energy system. Yet, it’s often amusing to the ears of … [Read more...]

Achieving true energy independence with your next microgrid

Hanan Fishman of Alencon Systems explains why real energy independence means knowing the origin of the equipment in your microgrid. There are several cliches that seek to define power. Money is power. Knowledge is power. Votes are power. In the sense of physics, there is only one equation that matters and that is power over time is energy. … [Read more...]

Microgrids provide sustainable resilience for cold storage providers

Ken Hurd, senior vice president of grocery at PowerSecure shares insights on the role microgrids play in ensuring energy resilience and sustainability for cold storage providers. The US food supply chain is complex. From indoor farming to food producers to the processors, cold storage facilities, distribution centers and, ultimately, retail … [Read more...]

Microgrid all-stars: energy storage and controls

Alexander Darovskikh of Rolls-Royce Solutions America explores why energy storage and controls are the all-stars of the microgrid game. Energy storage is the hot topic of the energy industry. Despite our many technological advancements, the storage of and distribution of electricity is something that we have only recently started to do. With … [Read more...]

A personality test for utilities to determine their electric grid future

Becky Wheeler, head of marketing at PXiSE, explains why utilities should take a "personality test" to determine their best path to meet the challenges of operating a renewable, resilient grid. Electric utilities across the United States and the world share much in common, but the truth is these diverse businesses have distinct … [Read more...]

Green hydrogen – the critical element for mobile DERs

Lauren Flanagan, the executive chair and co-founder of Sesame Solar, shares insights on how distributed energy resource (DER) systems can integrate solar, battery storage and green hydrogen backup power for mobile, emergency power applications. In his 2002 groundbreaking book, "The Hydrogen Economy," Jeremy Rifkin predicted that hydrogen … [Read more...]