Distributed Energy: Microgrids

Microgrid Generic

Application of individual distributed generators can cause as many problems as it may solve. A better way to realize the emerging potential of distributed energy generation is to take a system approach which views generation and associated loads as a subsystem or a microgrid. During disturbances, the generation and corresponding loads can separate … [Read more...]

Microgrid Communications using SDN Tech

microgrid communications

As power utilities strive to improve the reliability of electricity delivery and become eco-sustainable, microgrids are gaining in popularity. However, there are challenges in extending network to microgrid communications. In order to enhance microgrid communications, the technology SDN is being used as a new way to communicate with microgrids. … [Read more...]

Islands and Microgrids

Islands and microgrids

The traditional electrical grids deployed on remote islands and microgrids includes a single centralized diesel generating station with distribution lines connected to the rest of the island. This configuration is proving to be expensive and unsustainable. Progressive utilities across the World (with support from organizations such as the World … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids

Community Microgrids

Community microgrids empower local leaders to serve community energy needs in a more economical, reliable, and environmentally friendly manner than the existing centralized electricity grid. A community microgrid can bring together whole-building energy efficiency improvements, clean distributed generation, renewable energy, and smart energy … [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 Effects for Utilities

microgrid effects

Many large utility customers, including military installations, hospital campuses and universities, are considering microgrids to better manage energy usage and enhance power quality and system reliability. In addition to greater “energy security,”  some of the microgrid effects offer a variety of economic benefits ranging from greater efficiency … [Read more...]

Communication Infrastructures for Microgrids

communication infrastructures

With the recent technological advancements in communication infrastructures, mobile and cloud computing, smart devices, and power electronics, a renewed interest in power systems research has emerged. When these enabling technologies are jointly utilized to sense and actuate power generation, distribution, and demand, the resulting smart- grid has … [Read more...]

Microgrid Controller MGC600

Microgrid Controller

ABB`s microgrid controller and renewable integration platform provides a modular and scalable solution that integrates renewable power generation into microgrids that previously operated solely on fossil fuel. The key is to design a renewable power plant that can maximize return on investment, while delivering a stable, safe and reliable power … [Read more...]

Minnesota Microgrids

Minnesota Microgrid

Distributed energy resources (DER) have served Minnesota residents and communities since the earliest days of electricity-powered machines. Indeed, before the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 and electrification efforts in the 1930s and ’40s, such companies as Delco-Light sold gasoline-burning “electric plants” for homes and farms that hadn’t yet … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Microgrids

Massachusetts Microgrids

The study team, DNV KEMA and Peregrine Energy Group, initiated a thorough literature review on microgrid deployment and known challenges and organized four focus groups comprising microgrid developers, microgrid owners, industry experts, distribution company representatives, combined heat and power (CHP) system operators, fuel cell system … [Read more...]