Major Hurdles to the Fast and Scalable Deployment of Microgrids in the Defense and Government Marketplace

Michael Stadler, CTO, and Zach Pecenak, lead engineer at Xendee share three key elements for project success and efficiency for defense and government microgrids. Microgrids are considered to be a key element for energy security within the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal and state agencies. However, they are complex systems … [Read more...]

SEL executive discusses California microgrid reliability

Scott Manson, technology director at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), sat down with Microgrid Knowledge's Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss why microgrids are so popular in the state and some practical ways we can prevent microgrids from suffering the same fate as the state's bulk electric power … [Read more...]

Optimization Techniques for MaaS Business Models

A new white paper from Xendee looks at why designing microgrid as a service (MaaS) agreements requires state of the art design methods and comprehensive mathematical optimization techniques. Microgrids are complex systems that integrate different generation sources and deliver a variety of value streams. Plus, every system is different in … [Read more...]

So You Want to Build a DC Microgrid?

Hanan Fishman, president of Alencon Systems, discusses practical considerations for building a DC microgrid. In the last article on this topic, we discussed the relative merits of building a DC microgrid. We, of course, won’t regurgitate that information, as you can read it for yourself by clicking here. At this point, we’ll assume you are … [Read more...]

Webinar Today! Lessons from Successful Remote Microgrids

Successfully launching and operating a remote microgrid requires planning and foresight, and for those that haven't done it before, the task can seem daunting. But there are a number of best practices that experienced microgrid installers and operators have learned over the years — sometimes the hard way. It's important to understand that the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Integration Without Costly Scope Gaps

In the sixth and final article of this new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we're presenting the fifth and final step in our definitive guide for microgrid developers: smooth integration of the project without costly scope gaps. A case study is available exclusively in the full report.   Throughout the … [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...]

How to Make Microgrid Hardware Choices: A Guide for Developers

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 fifth article in the series looks at microgrid hardware choices in Step 4: Managing Balance-of-Plant … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrids Create Value for Utilities and Consumers

A new white paper from PowerSecure looks at how advanced microgrids, designed with an understanding of the dynamics and evolution of the modern power grid, can create extraordinary value for both utilities and consumers. Microgrids are often thought of as a form of backup power or a boutique renewable energy project. But, according to the … [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...]