The Rise of Clean Energy Microgrids & Why They Make Sense

clean energy microgrid

Interest is rising in clean energy microgrids, especially within healthcare, higher education, government and business. What’s the attraction? All microgrids offer greater electric reliability. But the clean energy microgrid does more. It also reduces carbon emissions and helps organizations reach sustainability goals—an achievement increasingly … [Read more...]

Microgrid Evolution Fuels Smarter Energy Management

Smarter energy management delivers reliability, efficiency and cost savings. From the time when our alarm goes off in the morning to when we turn the lights off at night, we use electrical power. In terms of magnitude, each person in the U.S. spends around $3,052 on electricity (2012 figures). With a population of about 314 million people at the … [Read more...]

Making Microgrids Work to Advance Power Resiliency

According to a recent Microgrid Knowledge study power resiliency is one of the top 3 reasons organizations and communities install a microgrid. Factors such as increasing occurrences of natural disasters, the ongoing threat of cyber attacks and growing awareness of inadequate, outdated or failing grid infrastructure all drive microgrid adoption. … [Read more...]

Special Report on Fuel Cell Microgrids

long duration energy storage

Fuel cell microgrids are on the rise, the result of a natural pairing of two technologies-fuel cells and microgrids- that serve a mutual mission. Together, they meet today’s demand for energy that is cost-competitive, highly reliable, clean, quiet, contained, modular, scalable and community-friendly. Once futuristic, both technologies find … [Read more...]

Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage

reciprocating engines and microgrids

Reciprocating engine generators are becoming increasingly important to help solve three contemporary energy problems. The first problem occurs in developed areas like North America, where electric reliability is crucial as the economy grows ever more Internet-based. The second problem can be found in remote regions of the world, where no … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Guide to Gas Turbine Microgrids

gas turbine microgrid

Movement is a foot worldwide to bring new intelligence to conventional or ‘dumb’ generation. The gas turbine microgrid is central to this smartening of power generation. The term dumb generation describes the kind of conventional power plants, wind turbines or solar panels that have been used for decades. They produce megawatts, but do nothing … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Builds Microgrid Control System

Duke Energy Corporation is an energy utility that serves 7.4 million electric customers in six states in the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States. Prompted by recurring severe weather events and a goal of incorporating more renewable generation into the electric power grid, Duke Energy decided to integrate their existing renewable … [Read more...]

Integration of Microgrids

integration and interoperability of advanced microgrids

With their grid-interconnectivity advantages, the integration of advanced microgrids will improve system4 energy efficiency and reliability and provide enabling technologies for grid-independence to end-user sites. One popular definition that has been evolved and is used in multiple references is that a microgrid is a group of interconnected loads … [Read more...]

Microgrid Benefits

microgrid benefits

The U.S. Department of Energy defines a microgrid as a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid. Microgrid benefits help us connect and disconnect from the grid to enable it to operate in both grid-connected or … [Read more...]

DC Microgrid System

DC microgrids

How can we increase the amount of photovoltaic (PV) generation? From this viewpoint, we are overviewing elec- tric facilities from power plants to electric appliances in demand sites. PV modules generate DC electric power. The power should be converted to AC that is synchronized with commercial grids to be transmitted and distributed to demand … [Read more...]