Streamlining grid interconnection to keep microgrid projects on track

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton, explains why interconnection is one of the top three barriers to activating a microgrid. In a world where energy costs are increasing, power interruptions from extreme weather events are more frequent and the need to decarbonize is more and more important, microgrids … [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...]

UL’s HOMER to present thought leadership at Microgrid 2022

Microgrid 2022: Microgrids as Climate Heroes,  expected to be the largest global gathering of the microgrid community yet, will feature thought leadership from UL's HOMER Microgrid Conference, according to a recent announcement. Peter Lilienthal, founder of the HOMER conference, creator of the HOMER software and UL Renewable's global microgrid … [Read more...]

Microgrids for agriculture and food processors: simple solutions to energy problems

A new white paper from GreenStruxure explores how agricultural microgrids can provide simple solutions to energy problems for food processors, the agriculture industry and the wider food supply chain. Farmers, food processors and operators in the agriculture space are increasingly challenged by energy problems like higher energy costs, … [Read more...]

More than a fair-weather energy source: Solar + microgrids offer resilience

Mark Feasel, president of Smart Grid North America at Schneider Electric explains that microgrids are key to creating resilience with solar. What do you think of when you think of solar? If you’re like most, you likely think of solar in the traditional sense, like the solar panels you may have seen on your neighbor's roof or in a nearby … [Read more...]

Linear Generators Provide Reliability During Extended Outages

Microgrids are ideal solutions for businesses and organizations looking to keep the power on, particularly in California where increased wildfire risks are leading to a growing number of public safety power shutoffs. A new white paper from Mainspring Energy compares the economic and environmental impact of four different microgrid technology … [Read more...]

Linear Generators Fill Key Commercial and Utility Resource Gaps

Companies are looking to reduce their carbon footprint by integrating renewables into their distributed energy mix, which is driving the fuel-based distributed generation market to provide more flexible and dispatchable solutions. A new white paper from Mainspring Energy explores how linear generators can provide those flexible solutions for … [Read more...]

Three Reasons Why Resilient Organizations Bounce Back Faster and Higher

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, explains how electric power resilience solutions help organizations bounce back quickly in times of crisis.  “Resilience” applies to many dimensions of operation. In this article, we’re primarily talking about electric power resilience, however, the principles apply to … [Read more...]

Building the Business Case for Resilience

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton shares insights on how to gain approval for microgrid projects by building the business case for resilience. Extreme weather events are affecting millions of people with increasing frequency. The National Climate Assessment reports the number of heat waves, heavy downpours … [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...]