Integration of Microgrids

integration and interoperability of advanced microgrids

With their grid-interconnectivity advantages, the integration of advanced microgrids will improve system4 energy efficiency and reliability and provide enabling technologies for grid-independence to end-user sites. One popular definition that has been evolved and is used in multiple references is that a microgrid is a group of interconnected loads … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Industrial Microgrid: Alstom

Industrial Microgrids

In many regions of the world, especially islands or extremely sunny areas, distribution Service operators (DSOs) are facing a growing challenge with the rise of the renewable and decentralized production. Connecting these new assets on a traditional medium via a typical low voltage grid quickly creates side effects of voltage and frequency … [Read more...]

Critical Facility Microgrids

Critical Facility Microgrids

In 2013, the New York State Legislature directed the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS), and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) to develop recommendations regarding the establishment of microgrids in New York State … [Read more...]

International Microgrid Assesment

international microgrid

Microgrids can provide an avenue for increasing the amount of distributed generation and delivery of electricity, where control is more dispersed and quality of service is locally tailored to end-use requirements, with applications from military bases to campuses to commercial office buildings. Many studies have been done to date on microgrid … [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...]