The Six Elements to Successful Microgrid Deployments

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Brian Baumann, business development manager for microgrids at Siemens Digital Grid, explores the vital elements integral to successful microgrid deployments.  The microgrid market continues to evolve as new systems are developed and new challenges are addressed by distributed generation and advanced … [Read more...]

Microgrid Controllers: What…or Who…is Behind the Curtain?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Peter Asmus, research director at Navigant Research, explores how microgrid controllers are at the forefront of microgrid industry evolution.  To many, the mystery behind the curtain of what is and what is not a good microgrid controller may feel a little like the Wizard of Oz. Often referred to as … [Read more...]

ComEd Selects Siemens Microgrid Software for Bronzeville Microgrid Cluster

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Commonwealth Edison will use Siemens microgrid software as the platform to manage a microgrid cluster that the Exelon subsidiary plans to develop in Chicago’s South Side. ComEd’s choice of the software marks the first major announcement on the Bronzeville microgrid, since it won approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission February … [Read more...]

Pet Microgrids, Best Microgrids, and Microgrids that Get Your Package There on Time

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Maryland County looks at microgrids to protect pets Montgomery County, Maryland has been ahead of the curve when it comes to microgrids. Now the county is exploring the possibility of installing a microgrid for its animal shelter, perhaps the first in the country. The county is doing so for good reason. Protecting animals often strains … [Read more...]

What are the Typical Questions that Universities and Colleges Have about Campus Microgrids?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Siemens' Clark Wiedetz and other company experts explore the ins and outs of campus microgrids, as well as answers to some of the most-asked questions from universities and colleges on microgrid development and value.  Together with Christopher Kopach from the Association of Physical Plant … [Read more...]

Microgrids Powered by a Sidewalk? Siemens and Pavegen Are On It

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Power plants aren’t what they used to be. Consider a new partnership formed by Siemens and UK startup Pavegen that paves the way for sidewalks to act as power plants for microgrids. Pavegen produces electricity from footsteps by way of interactive flooring tiles. Each step creates the equivalent of 20 seconds of light from an LED bulb. In … [Read more...]

Siemens Introduces New Microgrid Controller for Smaller Projects

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Siemens Digital Grid this week introduced a new microgrid controller, designed for small scale distributed energy projects, in keeping with the rise of solar plus storage microgrids. The new controller -- the brain of the microgrid -- serves demand for simpler microgrids, often characterized as having fewer generation sources and a smaller … [Read more...]

Siemens Ups its Blockchain Ante with New Investment in LO3 Energy

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Siemens sent a clear signal that it sees promise in LO3 Energy's blockchain distributed energy ledger with an increase in its stake in the emerging technology. The global technology giant recently closed out LO3 Energy's Series A venture capital funding round. "Siemens' investment in LO3 represents our acknowledgement of the future potential … [Read more...]

Siemens and AES Jump into Energy Storage with Fluence. Big Waves Ahead?

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Siemens and AES made official today their potentially formidable partnership, a company called Fluence that will reach into 160 countries to capture the growing energy storage market. First announced in July, the 50-50 venture has since completed necessary regulatory approvals to go into full operation. Bringing together the resources of … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

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Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]