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...]

Why the Engines Powering Your Generator Matter and the Benefits of Multiplying Them in a Single Microgrid

Darren Tasker, vice president of industrial sales at Volvo Penta of the Americas, explores why the engine powering your microgrid generator matters and how using multiple generators in a single microgrid application can actually be a source of cost savings. Microgrids often operate in demanding environments or mission critical situations … [Read more...]

The Word is . . . Flexibility

Microgrids are flexible. Here’s how, and why that’s important.  Why flexibility? A recent Accenture survey and report spotlights the importance of building resilience via flexibility. According to over 200 utility executives, increased system flexibility is the greatest resilience priority over the next decade. What’s more, 95% believe … [Read more...]

Old Actors Play New Roles in the Age of Extremes

Steve Hoffman, president and CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, discusses how empowered counties, frazzled citizens and businesses with a distributed workforce are emerging from the pandemic – seeking resilience. A new age We have now entered the Age of Extremes. Even before the 2020 hurricane and wildfire seasons, 87% of respondents in a … [Read more...]

Microgrid Portfolio Standards Could Propel the Industry Forward: Advisian

Gary Leatherman, vice president, power advisory at Advisian, a part of Worley Group, discusses why industrials industrial clients? are exploring microgrids and how microgrid portfolio standards could propel the market forward.  Leatherman, who has been in the energy business for 35 years, manages Advisian's power advisory in the company's … [Read more...]