World’s First Grid Connected Baseload Tidal Power Station

Baseload Tidal Power

After delivering the world’s first subsea grid connected tidal array in 2016, clean tech company Nova Innovation has followed up with another world first -- a tidal array and Tesla battery providing baseload tidal power to the grid. The system provides some of the electricity for the 23,000 inhabitants of the Shetland Islands, a Scottish … [Read more...]

The Rise of Clean Energy Microgrids & Why They Make Sense

clean energy microgrid

Interest is rising in clean energy microgrids, especially within healthcare, higher education, government and business. What’s the attraction? All microgrids offer greater electric reliability. But the clean energy microgrid does more. It also reduces carbon emissions and helps organizations reach sustainability goals—an achievement increasingly … [Read more...]

Microgrid Policy Guide

Microgrid Development

This guide serves energy users, campuses and others who are contemplating microgrid installations - or already participate in a microgrid - and want to understand how policy can enhance microgrid capabilities. What might upcoming decisions mean to these colleges and universities, data centers, municipalities, pharmaceu- tical companies, research … [Read more...]

Sustainable Energy Schneider Electric

Sustainable Energy

To begin building a new energy consumer strategy, it is important to plan carefully to ensure return on investment is maximized and risks are reduced. 1. Consult with an expert to help determine the local regulatory situation, electricity tariff structure, smart grid programs availability, and all available government incentives. 2. Calculate … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids of Canada

community microgrids

The Advanced Energy Centre, Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre (CSERC), and New Energy Community Inc. convened a seminar and workshop on November 2nd, tasked with examining frameworks for advancing technology, business value, and public policy for clean energy microgrids. The event featured industry and utility leaders, multidis- ciplinary … [Read more...]

Control and Design of Microgrids

control and design of microgrids

Economic, technology and environmental incentives are changing the face of electricity generation and transmission. Centralized generating facilities are giving way to smaller, more distributed generation partially due to the loss of traditional economies of scale. Distributed generation encompasses a wide range of prime mover technologies, such as … [Read more...]

Campus Microgrid of UCI

campus microgrid

As a cornerstone of one of the youngest, largest, and most prestigious planned communities in the country (the City of Irvine), UCI was established on sprawling undeveloped acreage on the bluffs bounding the Pacific Ocean. This allowed the campus to be methodically and systematically designed from scratch with a large, circular central park … [Read more...]

Microgrid Benefits

microgrid benefits

The U.S. Department of Energy defines a microgrid as a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid. Microgrid benefits help us connect and disconnect from the grid to enable it to operate in both grid-connected or … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy and the Smart Grid

renewable energy

As policy makers seek to integrate a serious sociological and environmental issue into renewable energy production, the typical utility is faced with not only technology upgrades, but also dealing with new systemic events that occur far beyond its franchise borders. Adding renewable energy resources into the existing bulk generation power system … [Read more...]

Microgrids for disaster preparation

Disaster Preparation

Whilst recent natural disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 caused horrific physical damage and loss of life, they also demonstrated the fragility of today’s electricity systems. Major electricity outages around the world are growing in number and scope, bringing significant costs to local industry and the community. In the case … [Read more...]