Microgrids provide more than just reliability

Hospitals, colleges, utilities and a growing number of other industries are turning to microgrids as they look for reliable ways to power their operations. Looking beyond reliability, a new white paper from Mesa Solutions outlines some lesser known benefits that a microgrid can provide.  Mesa Solutions describes a microgrid as being "like … [Read more...]

Unleashing renewable fuels now to bridge the gap to net zero

Chris Ellis, executive vice president of distributed infrastructure at PowerSecure, explores why renewable fuels such as renewable diesel should be considered by businesses looking to ensure reliable, safe and low-carbon backup power generation. It’s no surprise businesses are racing to install backup generation resources to boost the … [Read more...]

California faces challenges to resilient power

Eric DuPont, chief development officer at PowerSecure, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge’s Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss how renewables and the need for resilient power are driving microgrid adoption in California. https://vimeo.com/618566456# Renewable energy continues to penetrate the California energy market, but it's creating … [Read more...]

Japanese Island Ditches Diesel for Microgrid Renewables

Plans are underway for a new microgrid that will combine renewable generation and energy storage batteries to supply tiny Okinoerabu Island in the southern part of Japan. The microgrid will use Kyocera’s energy management system to control solar, wind and storage battery capacity. Designed to promote local economic development and reduce … [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...]

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...]

Natural Gas Power Generation: Bridging Fossil Fuels and Renewables

A new white paper from Mesa Solutions looks at six reasons why natural gas power generation should continue to be a go-to solution, even as companies rush to meet their emission reduction goals and integrate renewables. Driven by the current administration's aggressive plans to combat climate changes, more and more companies are developing … [Read more...]

The Changing ‘Flow of Power’ Spurring Energy Transition

Harold Ruckpaul, director of strategic alliances at Eaton, explores the energy transition, the changing flow of power and growing microgrid adoption in an interview with Kevin Normandeau, publisher at Microgrid Knowledge, at Microgrid 2020 Global event.  Eaton is well-known as a leading power management company, but Normandeau and Ruckpaul began … [Read more...]

How to Get off the Grid Through Efforts Fueled by the Natural Gas Distribution System

Alternative energy options are growing at a rapid pace. And it can be hard to wade through the variety of choices. A new report from Mesa Solutions aims to provide an approach that provides an option to get off the grid, while retaining stability, cost efficiency and reliability. The report is titled, "How to Get Off the Electric Grid, … [Read more...]

Microgrids as a Non-Spinning Substitute for Spinning Reserves

PowerSecure, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has developed 125 advanced microgrids and manages more than 1,700 microgrids and advanced distributed energy sites. Below Mark Martyak, chief sales officer of PowerSecure-Distributed Infrastructure, explains in an interview with Kevin Normandeau, publisher, Microgrid Knowledge, how microgrids can … [Read more...]