Homes Gain Momentum as ‘Grid Flexibililty’ Resources

Call them nanogrids, smart homes, or something else, households are increasingly shaping up as a means to leverage grid flexibility, and energy companies are stepping forward with a range of products to advance the market. Circuit breakers, energy control platforms, batteries, aggregations, virtual power plants, non-wires alternatives and … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity Best Practices Create Trusted Environments

Eaton's Anthony Ciccozzi explores the ins and outs of microgrid cybersecurity best practices.  In 2020, an estimated 31 billion devices will be connected to the internet. This level of connectivity is building a more intelligent energy infrastructure capable of not only detecting issues, but also predicting where a problem is developing. At … [Read more...]

Second-Life Electric Vehicle Battery Storage Helps Power Eaton Microgrid in South Africa

An Eaton production facility in Wadeville, South Africa is reducing its energy and operational costs beyond its expectations thanks to a microgrid that uses first and second life electric vehicle batteries. The microgrid is reducing the production facility's monthly utility bill by 40%. Improved manufacturing plant up-time and reductions in … [Read more...]

Eaton Adds New UL Cybersecurity Certifications

Power management company Eaton has added two more technologies to its growing portfolio of products certified to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) cybersecurity standards. The new UL certification are each a first in the industry in their categories, according to Eaton. The newly certified products include: Gigabit Network Card, the first … [Read more...]

Eaton Summit Heightens Government Interest in Promoting Microgrids in Pennsylvania

Denise Brinley was surprised by the array of businesses drawn to a summit on microgrids held this week in Pittsburgh by power management company Eaton. For her it was an actionable discovery -- she's senior energy advisor of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “I walked away with the distinct impression that … [Read more...]

Protecting Against Cyber Threats to Electrical Distribution Systems

It's no news that cybersecurity is increasingly becoming more and more of a concern for companies and businesses in a variety of different sectors. Often, we mostly think of cyber attacks targeting government and commercial computer networks. But with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), and as distributed energy systems become more popular, … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Microgrids: The Key to Power Resiliency

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...]