Innovations in Energy Generation, Storage & Networks to Improve Efficiency and Ensure Reliability

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At Microgrid 2018 in Chicago, experts from FuelCell Energy, Younicos and Power Engineers explored the latest innovations in energy generation, storage, microgrids and networks. Geoff Slevin, director, business development at FuelCell Energy, offered the case for fuel-cell microgrids. Fuel cells can be more efficient than competing baseload … [Read more...]

Microgrid Engineering Becoming a Macro-Profession

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Doug Jones, of POWER Engineers, discusses how microgrid engineering is becoming a macro-profession.  I recently had an interesting conversation with a colleague about our work with microgrid engineering projects. A common theme emerged: Many of the bad experiences involved a lack of cross-discipline … [Read more...]

What It Would Take for a ‘Breakthrough’ in Microgrid Policy

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In this video interview from Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Greg Clark, senior project manager at POWER Engineers, discusses the state of the microgrid industry and what needs to happen to spark a breakthrough in energy and microgrid policy.  H.G. Chissell, founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group — as well as the recently announced master of … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market: Industry Players Analyze What’s Needed Next to Spur Growth

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The microgrid market is growing and evolving, but new regulations and policies are needed to ensure it thrives, according to top industry players. Says Greg Clark, senior project manager, Power Engineers, “We believe the microgrid market is in a state of transition: from a specialized niche market of emergency power systems dedicated to mission … [Read more...]

Exploring Detail Engineering Challenges in Microgrid Implementations

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, the team at POWER Engineers explores common detail engineering challenges in microgrid implementations and how to overcome them.  Microgrids offer a number of interesting and valuable capabilities to their owners, operators and customers. Increased impact of renewable sources, increased electric reliability, … [Read more...]

Six Lessons Learned from an Oil Refinery Microgrid: Correcting Performance Issues Before Installation

What’s the best way to avoid performance issues – and associated expenses – during a microgrid system installation? Uncover and correct them ahead of time. A North American oil refinery microgrid did just that by investing in thorough Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) testing of its power management system. The oil refinery had installed new … [Read more...]

Oasis Microgrids Speed Recovery from Large-Scale Electrical Events

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In this week's Industry Perspectives, POWER Engineers' John Kumm explores natural disaster scenarios and the benefits of the oasis microgrid. A recent article in The New Yorker magazine [1] described a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that has the potential to strike the U. S. Pacific Northwest in coming years. Geologists have determined that a … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned Implementing an IEC 61850-based Microgrid Power- Management System

A North American oil refinery recently improved on-site power system reliability by installing a new utility ring-bus substation, a new utility interconnect substation, four new medium voltage distribution switchgear lineups, and separating two on-site 14.9 MVA cogeneration units onto dedicated buses in our management system . The refinery also … [Read more...]

Test & Implementation Framework for IEC 61850-based Microgrid Power Management Systems

Test the Solution  - We carefully planned the FAT to verify secure microgrid power management system operation in normal operation for the design contingencies and under the variety of failure and equipment-outage scenarios identified earlier. Each individual device was power cycled under normal, non-fault conditions. Communication channels were … [Read more...]

Oasis Microgrids Speed Recovery from Large-Scale System Events

In addition to preparing the utility response to a Large-Scale System Events, the planning and preparation activities have these additional immediate benefits to the utility and its customers: • Preparing and documenting the system inventory offers improved awareness of the system assets and their condition. • Oasis system performance studies … [Read more...]