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...]

Opening new doors globally for advanced controls: Q&A with PXiSE

Microgrid Knowledge recently sat down with PXiSE Energy Solutions COO Tim Allen to discuss how leveraging the resources of a large partner can help emerging software and technology companies move the needle on the transition to the future of distributed and clean energy. PXiSE was acquired by Yokogawa Electric, a multinational measurement, control … [Read more...]

Microgrids, microgrids, microgrids: A holistic overview

Juan Matson, senior sales manager, Gas Power Systems North America at Rolls Royce, explores how microgrid controllers can maximize the benefits of DERs. A key value proposition for microgrids is that they put into context the old and the new. Microgrids are a new way of looking at the old energy and power problems from quality, reliability, … [Read more...]

Case study: How PXiSE’s microgrid controller optimizes Martha’s Vineyard microgrid

When vacationers leave the big city behind for a serene seaside retreat like Martha’s Vineyard, they’re often looking for an escape from the noise and air pollution that go along with city life. This was one of the motivations behind the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority's (VTA) goal to switch to an all-electric bus fleet to serve the island. But … [Read more...]

Optimal dispatch microgrid control strategies deliver results

A new white paper from Eaton explores how commercial and industrial (C&I) establishments can reach their economic, resilience and sustainability objectives through the use of optimal dispatch (OD) microgrid control strategies. According to a new white paper from Eaton, "A microgrid installation helps C&I establishments reduce their … [Read more...]

Microgrid controllers are the next step to a resilient renewable grid

A new white paper from PXiSE explores six ways in which microgrid controllers can solve common challenges that the modern renewable grid faces with the integration of distributed energy resources (DERs). In this new white paper from PXiSE, the company explains how microgrid controllers can help utilities manage the challenges they face while … [Read more...]

Small But Powerful: Designing Packaged Microgrids for Small and Medium Sites

Key market trends are driving faster adoption of microgrids and "microgrid-ready" facilities that incorporate renewable energy sources. While power delivery systems with these capabilities are often perceived as customized, design intensive and time consuming, modern technologies that use controllers and pretested software are allowing for the fast … [Read more...]

Microgrid Costs: What Accelerates and What Inhibits a Microgrid Project?

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, explores how microgrid costs can both drive and inhibit microgrid projects. People usually focus first on the questions of what is a microgrid, what does it do, and what does it cost? Here’s a much better first thought: "Yes, we could get a microgrid, but why would we … [Read more...]

How to Make the Right Microgrid Procurement Decisions

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we're providing a guide to help microgrid developers avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This fourth article in the series outlines Step 3: Making the Right Microgrid Procurement Decisions.  A developer … [Read more...]

How Hardware in the Loop Tests the Functionality of Microgrid Controllers

In the fourth article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Typhoon HIL, we're looking at how Hardware in the Loop (HIL), specifically controller Hardware in the Loop (C-HIL), is an ideal technique for testing the functionality of microgrid controllers. The IEEE’s 2030.8-2018 Standard for the Testing of … [Read more...]