The Microgrid Perspective Channel

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

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...]

Empowering the individual to make a collective difference

Mark Feasel, president of smart grid North America at Schneider Electric, explains why sustainability efforts must empower individuals and local communities to make their own energy choices -- including the integration of distributed energy resources and microgrids. The adage “think globally, act locally” was coined in 1915 by Scottish … [Read more...]

5 reasons why microgrids are worth it to utilities

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, outlines five key benefits utilities can unlock through the use of decentralized microgrids. After decades of pursuing “central station power” and “radial feed” distribution circuit grid design philosophies, the concept of utilities placing quasi-autonomous subsections of … [Read more...]

In an intermittent energy world, utilities should focus on what they can (microgrid) control

Becky Wheeler, head of marketing at PXiSE, explains how utilities can use microgrid controllers to address grid challenges at lower cost and with less disruption.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in December proposed big changes to the state’s distributed solar net energy metering incentives as the state grapples with a … [Read more...]

Unleashing renewable fuels now to bridge the gap to net zero

Chris Ellis, executive vice president of distributed infrastructure at PowerSecure, explores why renewable fuels such as renewable diesel should be considered by businesses looking to ensure reliable, safe and low-carbon backup power generation. It’s no surprise businesses are racing to install backup generation resources to boost the … [Read more...]

Modular microgrids: Driving the soft costs away via standardization

Norm Campbell, federal team manager at Go Electric, discusses how modular microgrids and standardization can reduce the costs of microgrids. As a manufacturer of battery enabled microgrid systems, we hear a consistent message from end customers that microgrid systems are too expensive to install and have too little payback. This would be … [Read more...]