Hosted May 7-9 in Chicago by Microgrid Knowledge, Microgrid 2018: “Markets and Models for the Greater Good,” offered deep insight into microgrid business opportunities, financing, regulation, policy and real-world uses of the technology.

The near 400 attendees also had the opportunity to tour advanced microgrids and network extensively with their peers and those considering microgrid installation, among them utility, data center, and university representatives.

Check out some of the highlighted content below from Microgrid 2018, as well as photos and poll results. And please mark your calendars for Microgrid 2019 in San Diego. 

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Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, welcomes Microgrid 2018 attendees.


Global Microgrid Tour: All Signs Point to Australia

Peter Asmus, principal research analyst at Navigant, offers a global snapshot of microgrid development trends, then zeros in on Australia as the current hotspot for smart integration of distributed energy resources. Why Australia? Learn about innovative microgrids, virtual power plants and transactive energy deployments, as well as leading companies looking to export their expertise from down under to the rest of the world.

How to Value and Monetize Resiliency in Microgrids

Given the crucial need for power in a digitalized society — and the grid’s growing vulnerability — energy reliability and resilience are organizational risk factors. How can risk officers within corporate organizations set these values? Experts from Schneider Electric, NEC Energy, Eaton and the Illinois Commerce Commission discuss the value of microgrids and the energy resiliency they provide.

From Planes to Preserves: Oh the Places Microgrids Will Go!

Enhancing Communities with Microgrids: Berkeley, Denver, and Ontario

H.G. Chissell, Microgrid 2018 master-of-ceremonies and founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group.

How to Build a Microgrid in a Day 

Microgrids are often built as customized, one-off projects. Concern exists that the industry cannot scale under this model, and prices will remain out of reach for many smaller facilities, such as farms. Here Craig Wooster, project manager and general contractor for the Stone Edge Farm MicroGrid Project, unveils a new microgrid system that overcomes this problem and can be largely installed in a day.

How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience & Climate Strategies

Microgrids offer a classic example of government policy chasing technology. While microgrids are being developed worldwide, few jurisdictions offer much-needed policy guidance and certainty. Edward Yim, associate director at the DC Department of Energy and Environment, shares how scalable resilience can pave the way for a more reliable energy future.

Harnessing Forces: Solving the Day’s Big Question to Advance Microgrid Markets

Keying on discussions of the day, panelists workshop ideas and propose next steps needed to overcome obstacles and drive microgrid adoption. Expert panelists include leaders from Fairbanks Morse, SimpliPhi Power, GI Energy and Siemens

The Shedd Aquarium’s Sustainability Mission & Microgrid Journey

Bob Wengel, vice president of facilities at Shedd Aquarium, describes the microgrid at the aquarium, a facility which is home to 32,500 animals.

Latest NREL Research Highlights: Costs, Resiliency and Controllers

Raising the IQ of Microgrid Controllers

NREL raises the IQ of microgrid controllers in an innovative procurement program. Experts from NREL explore the latest research.

A Project to Last: Engaging with Stakeholders throughout the Distributed Energy Development Process

Having been part of the evolving energy infrastructure market for 15 years, GI Energy shares experiences of the processes required to ensure a DER project can address all stakeholder requirements. Case studies include: Parkville Microgrid (Hartford, Ct.), San Francisco Naval Shipyard Eco-Grid, Con Edison Energy Storage Demonstration Project (New York City), and Cornell Tech (Roosevelt Island, N.Y.).

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Dynamic Energy Network’s Karen Morgan explains at Microgrid 2018 how crucial industry partnerships are to the future of microgrids.

Microgrids in Urban Redevelopment

This presentation on urban microgrids includes research and analysis on the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid and the Hudson Yard microgrid. Experts from NetZero Microgrid Solutions and Ameresco explore how the Philadelphia Navy Yard microgrid is anchored by a natural-gas peaking plant, while the team at Veolia explore how they are helping power 10 million square feet in New York City’s west side.

Innovations in Generation, Storage & Networks to Improve Efficiency and Ensure Reliability

Puerto Rico: From Tragedy to Innovative Model for the World?

Microgrid 2018 Audience Polls and Surveys

Audience participation is critical part of the Microgrid Knowledge conference series. In this PDF you will find responses to a series of questions posed to the attendees of Microgrid 2018, including:

You’ll also see a few fun audience warm up questions like:

Click here to get the Microgrid 2018 Audience Polls and Surveys PDF. Please note that the poll results are copyright protected, so please source to “Microgrid Knowledge: Microgrid 2018 Conference” when quoting this data.


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Check out the highlighted photos from Microgrid 2018. (To see all photos click here)

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