In an intermittent energy world, utilities should focus on what they can (microgrid) control

Becky Wheeler, head of marketing at PXiSE, explains how utilities can use microgrid controllers to address grid challenges at lower cost and with less disruption.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in December proposed big changes to the state’s distributed solar net energy metering incentives as the state grapples with a … [Read more...]

University of Central Florida Creates Microgrid Control Lab to Train Students

The University of Central Florida (UCF) today unveiled a microgrid control lab that will allow students to simulate and test real-life grid control operations, including finding ways to optimize and secure grids in the future.  The lab aims for safe, reliable, efficient and secure operation of large-scale distribution networks with extremely … [Read more...]

In Landmark Feat, Australian Community Microgrid Runs on 100% Solar Plus Storage

Onslow, a remote town in Western Australia, got all its electricity for 80 minutes from solar power, a first-ever feat that shows how an advanced microgrid controller and a distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) can help communities use increasing amounts of renewable energy without grid stability issues, according to the Horizon … [Read more...]

How Hardware-in-the-Loop Drives Microgrid Control Innovation

Thomas Kirk, senior applications engineer at OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES, explores Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL), a new test technique for microgrids involving digital real-time simulation. With the promise of improved efficiency and resiliency, and a reduced carbon footprint, the total capacity and spending on microgrids is projected to quintuple by … [Read more...]

4 ways Controller Hardware in the Loop and Model-based Engineering are Reducing Risk

Matt Baker, Ivan Celanovic and Paul Roege, of Typhoon-HIL, break down how Controller Hardware in the Loop (C-HIL), and model-based engineering work to ensure your microgrid performs, and allows companies to test and validate microgrid design every step of the way. Industry 4.0 is dawning, and digitalization, decarbonization, and … [Read more...]

First Cybersecure Microgrid Controller Installed by Midwestern Utility

This is the sixth and final article in a Microgrid Knowledge series. This post explores what is being described as the first utility-owned microgrid to include an advanced cybersecure microgrid controller.  A 1.475-MW test project is being described by a Midwestern utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced … [Read more...]

Microgrid Controllers and the Management of Distributed Energy Resources

This white paper from EPRI  provides an in depth analysis of  the relationship of microgrid controller with Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) and Utility Distributed Management System (DMS). Over the past few years, industry activities to create standards for distributed energy resources (DER) management systems have … [Read more...]

Project Profile: Fairfield, Connecticut as An Early Leader in Microgrid Development

The charming coastal town of Fairfield, Connecticut has won accolades as one of the best places to live in America. Its five miles of beach stretching along the Long Island Sound certainly add to its charm – but also put the town at risk when severe storms hit. Crushing waves have flooded streets and even destroyed coastal homes in recent … [Read more...]

Federal institute Issues RFQ for a Microgrid Controller Platform

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking a microgrid controller platform for use in a smart grid testbed. The project will test microgrid power conditioning systems (PCS), interconnection equipment, and controllers. The microgrid laboratory will use multiple power supplies to emulate AC and DC grid and load conditions. It … [Read more...]