Top Highlights from Boston’s Microgrid 2017

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Microgrid experts and those just entering the industry met at last year’s sold-out Microgrid 2017 in the heart of Boston.

For a look inside the event — and to gain insight into the discussion — here are few impressions captured on video of experts talking about the importance of microgrids and resilience for present and future energy requirements. The video was created by Microgrid 2017 exhibitor Typhoon HIL, makers of microgrid testing and simulation systems.

Highlighted in the reel above are Advisian senior advisor Andrea Ruotolo; Clemens Grossinsky, business manager from Germany’s Woodward; and Steve Lichtin, director of sales at Go Electric.

Ruotolo said that she was excited about the environment at Microgrid 2017.

“We see more people coming to this event, so that’s showing some market traction. There’s more clarity and more people involved. It’s exciting,” she said.

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Advisian senior advisor Andrea Ruotolo at Microgrid 2017.

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To Lichtin, the focus of the event was resiliency. He explained that for his company, Go Electric, this means two things:

“To us, resiliency is energy security, so keeping the lights on, and the second part of resiliency is energy efficiency or cost savings,” he explained.

But what’s the key to proliferating the resilient microgrid model? Both Ruotolo and Lichtin agree it comes down to figuring out how to monetize the value of microgrid technology.

“We need new ways to monetize the value that these systems provide, not only to communities, but also to utilities,” said Ruotolo.

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Lichtin went so far as to say monetizing of the industry is the “key to everything.”

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“How do we put a price on resiliency, and put that into the cash flow model to really accelerate the adoption of microgrids?” Lichtin asks.

Stay tuned to Microgrid Knowledge as we explore this question and more as we gear up for Microgrid 2018.

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