Streamlining grid interconnection to keep microgrid projects on track

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton, explains why interconnection is one of the top three barriers to activating a microgrid. In a world where energy costs are increasing, power interruptions from extreme weather events are more frequent and the need to decarbonize is more and more important, microgrids … [Read more...]

Understanding inter-IBR oscillations in microgrids using PHIL

Juan Felipe Patarroyo, power systems simulation specialist at OPAL-RT Technologies and Nayeem Ninad, research engineer at CanmetEnergy in Varennes, Canada, explore how power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) can help grid operators, researchers, system planners and associated stakeholders understand inter-IBR oscillations in microgrids. As … [Read more...]

ETAP CEO discusses the future of the microgrid market

As a prequel to Microgrid 2022, Tanuj Khandelwal, CEO of ETAP, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge to discuss how all the upheaval we're seeing in the world is going to impact the microgrid market.  https://vimeo.com/706608551 Ongoing issues with COVID-19, the war in Ukraine, rising gas prices and inflation are all impacting the microgrid market, … [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...]

Linear Generators Fill Key Commercial and Utility Resource Gaps

Companies are looking to reduce their carbon footprint by integrating renewables into their distributed energy mix, which is driving the fuel-based distributed generation market to provide more flexible and dispatchable solutions. A new white paper from Mainspring Energy explores how linear generators can provide those flexible solutions for … [Read more...]

SEL executive discusses California microgrid reliability

Scott Manson, technology director at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), sat down with Microgrid Knowledge's Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss why microgrids are so popular in the state and some practical ways we can prevent microgrids from suffering the same fate as the state's bulk electric power … [Read more...]

Natural Gas Power Generation: Bridging Fossil Fuels and Renewables

A new white paper from Mesa Solutions looks at six reasons why natural gas power generation should continue to be a go-to solution, even as companies rush to meet their emission reduction goals and integrate renewables. Driven by the current administration's aggressive plans to combat climate changes, more and more companies are developing … [Read more...]

New Video: Beyond Resilience in the Age of Extremes

How can we enhance resilience, decarbonize and enhance electricity affordability — all with the same solution? Find out in a new video from Hoffman Power Consulting. The age of extremes Our world is changing; we seem to have entered an age of extremes. As we’ve all seen, hurricanes are increasing in frequency and intensity. Unprecedented … [Read more...]

Anticipating Triple Digit DER Growth, California Launches New Action Plan

In a move that could affect microgrids, the California Public Utilities Commission is developing a sweeping DER Action Plan aimed at revamping policies, programs and incentives. The commission in 2016 approved its first DER Action Plan, which served as a five-year roadmap for coordinating activities across commission proceedings aimed at … [Read more...]