Not all microgrid controllers are created equal

Tim McDuffie, senior business development engineer at Smarter Grid Solutions, explains why different microgrid implementations require different controllers. When people think about microgrids, they often envision a microgrid in a box scenario where one or two energy sources such as a battery and solar panels are connected to a basic … [Read more...]

Concord Engineering executive: Industrial microgrid market booming

Michael Fischette, CEO of Concord Engineering, discusses the future of microgrids, including the growing adoption of the technology for industry, in an interview at Microgrid 2022 with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. https://vimeo.com/722588865 Michael Fischette, CEO of Concord Engineering, sees nothing but good news for the … [Read more...]

Two pitfalls to avoid when selecting batteries for your industrial microgrid

Colin MacKenzie, principal consultant at Smarter Grid Solutions, explains two of the key questions to ask when selecting batteries for your industrial microgrid. The need for a resilient source of power is becoming increasingly important for industrial facilities. As they face growing threats from wildfires, natural disasters and a host of … [Read more...]

Don’t forget the ‘steps’ when stepping into the future of decarbonized, decentralized energy

Mike Byrnes of Veolia North America explains why we shouldn't immediately abandon "old school" fossil fuel microgrids in our race to a decarbonized energy future. The momentum toward microgrids today is encouraging as the energy industry and end-users alike pursue a clean, decentralized energy system. Yet, it’s often amusing to the ears of … [Read more...]

Delivering on the Promise of Microgrids: A Guide for Microgrid Developers

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we provide a guide to help microgrid developers avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This first article explores why delivering on the promise of microgrids is a challenge. Microgrids continue to gain … [Read more...]

Report Finds Interest in Microgrids and DERs among Utilities’ Industrial Customers

Utilities are finding that their industrial customers want to deploy microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) and are seeking their help, according to research by the consulting firm Deloitte. Their interest is driven by the desire to cut costs, achieve resilience and meet sustainability goals, said Marlene Motyka, US and global … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Seeks Developers for Five Industrial Microgrids

Puerto Rico continues to make good on its promise to rebuild with microgrids, issuing five solicitations this week for industrial microgrids that can operate independently from the grid indefinitely. The solicitations are the island's latest move to segment its grid after a near total collapse from the September 2017 Hurricane Maria. The … [Read more...]

The Commercial and Industrial Microgrid: A Growing Number of Corporations Going Green

Corporations install microgrids to achieve the dual goals of reducing costs and greening their operations, as explained in the fifth post from our series on clean energy microgrids. Here we focus on the commercial and industrial microgrid. A growing number of corporations are going green. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, nearly … [Read more...]