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...]

Financing the Road to Energy Independence

Hear from both Clark Wiedetz, Siemens' microgrid director, and Chase Dougherty of Siemens Financial Services, as they explore how innovations in financing are changing the face of future energy independence for enterprises, municipalities and more.  In many areas of the United States, the traditional model for electricity delivery is … [Read more...]

The Challenge to Meet Today’s Energy Demands

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric microgrids business leader Andy Haun explores how to address the challenges of today's energy demands.  By now, it's apparent our aging power grid is ill-equipped to handle the increasing demands brought about by a growing, connected world. Digitization, combined with the shift … [Read more...]

Microgrid Controllers: What…or Who…is Behind the Curtain?

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Peter Asmus, research director at Navigant Research, explores how microgrid controllers are at the forefront of microgrid industry evolution.  To many, the mystery behind the curtain of what is and what is not a good microgrid controller may feel a little like the Wizard of Oz. Often referred to as … [Read more...]

US DOE Sees “Enormous” Benefit in Integrating Microgrids Nationwide

The U.S. Department Energy sees “enormous” benefits to fully integrating microgrids into the grid nationwide on multiple levels, a DOE official told a group of energy insiders in Boston Thursday. Dan Ton, a DOE program manager, was the keynote speaker at a microgrid controller symposium, which drew about 150 people to Boston’s District … [Read more...]

Microgrid Controller Symposium

The Microgrid Controller Symposium will bring together microgrid controller developers, energy infrastructure decision makers, utility representatives, as well as state and national energy leaders. The goal is to introduce the latest developments in microgrid controller technology and standards, demonstrate functionality of existing microgrid … [Read more...]

The Race to Create the Brainiest Microgrid Controller: A Startup’s Story

We are a culture enamored with David and Goliath stories about the high tech company started in a garage or dorm room that makes it big. In the energy world, the same kind of dynamic is arising. However, it involves not personal computers or social media, but the microgrid controller. The microgrid controller* is the mystique of local energy, … [Read more...]