The Double Life of Microgrids: Eaton’s Solution to a Cybersecurity Problem


When it comes to cybersecurity, microgrids live a dichotomy. They can block the ill effects of a hacked power grid. But they also can invite trouble. Because of their ability to island from the grid, microgrids offer protections to their customers during an attack on the grid. If a hacker causes a grid outage, the microgrid can separate … [Read more...]

Smarter Energy Management Delivers Reliability, Efficiency and Cost Savings

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A new white paper from Eaton explores how microgrid evolution is fueling smarter energy management. Recently, with increased capacity of distributed energy resources – think solar, wind, combined heat and power (CHP), energy storage, and more — Eaton points out businesses, institutions and individuals are jumping on the chance to optimize … [Read more...]

$20M for Power Electronics R&D…California’s Microgrid Roadmap…Fort Custer Microgrid

DOE funds $20M for power electronics, a key part of a microgrid Now that utility-scale solar costs only 6 cents/kWh on average, U.S. energy policymakers will no longer focus as heavily on driving down prices. Instead, they are turning an eye toward using solar to improve grid reliability and resilience -- a key microgrid feature. As part of the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Evolution Fuels Smarter Energy Management

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Smarter energy management delivers reliability, efficiency and cost savings. From the time when our alarm goes off in the morning to when we turn the lights off at night, we use electrical power. In terms of magnitude, each person in the U.S. spends around $3,052 on electricity (2012 figures). With a population of about 314 million people at the … [Read more...]

Microgrids: The Key to Power Resiliency

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There are a variety of both practical and technical considerations to take into consideration while advancing power resiliency through microgrids. But you know what’s even more expensive than advancement? Power disruptions. In fact, according to Eaton’s Blackout Tracker Annual Report, electric outages cost the economy $150 billion annually and … [Read more...]

Making Microgrids Work to Advance Power Resiliency

According to a recent Microgrid Knowledge study power resiliency is one of the top 3 reasons organizations and communities install a microgrid. Factors such as increasing occurrences of natural disasters, the ongoing threat of cyber attacks and growing awareness of inadequate, outdated or failing grid infrastructure all drive microgrid adoption. … [Read more...]

How to Design and Island a Microgrid Safely

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The ability to island a microgrid safely is crucial to one of its essential missions -- delivering reliable power to critical facilities during a power outage. This, in fact, is a primary driver for microgrids’ growing popularity among public and private institutions. The team at Eaton is focused on leveraging the knowledge and expertise … [Read more...]

How to Optimize Energy Storage in a Microgrid

In this paper, new voltage sensitivity indexes are proposed which can help you optimize energy storage in your microgrid. These indexes are derived from the inverse Jacobian matrix from the Newton-Raphson power flow analysis. After calculating and evaluating these indexes for the studied microgrid, four candidates‘ buses are selected. To verify … [Read more...]

Microgrid Solutions Sustain Energy Supply – Even when the Grid is Off

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Microgrid projects are integral to initiatives that aim to strengthen the economy, save lives during natural disasters, and make our energy supply more sustainable and our electrical power more secure. Microgrids increasing support more reliable, efficient and safe power for critical infrastructure in military, utility, healthcare, government, … [Read more...]

How to Design and Operate a Microgrid

This paper describes how to design and operate a microgrid by examining a microgrid installed for the US Department of Defense at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The microgrid is composed of two natural gas generators, a battery energy storage inverter, renewables, and a static switch. Design considerations for this retrofit application with a high … [Read more...]