The Benefits of Combining Solar and Storage in Microgrid Applications

Renewable energy has evolved and expanded significantly over the last two decades into a force in both the environment and the economy, but such gains have not been without its fair share of growing pains. Despite exponential growth, the solar energy and solar and storage market is now faced with a new set of challenges. Energy storage can be a … [Read more...]

How Microgrid Controls Tie Multiple Power Systems Together

The microgrid control system is the most essential component of a microgrid. It manages a microgrid’s distributed energy assets to cost-effectively produce energy while maintaining grid stability. To deliver the right energy mix for a customer’s needs, the system must be predictive, intelligent and automated. After specifying a few key parameters, … [Read more...]

A Holistic Approach for Wildfire Mitigation

 Over the last several decades, the western United States has become a region of widespread, high-intensity wildfires. The problem has been complicated by climate change, forest management, outdated and neglected electrical infrastructure, and local land-use decisions that allow communities to sprawl deeper into wildfire-prone … [Read more...]

Raising the IQ of Microgrid Controllers

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been busy "raising the IQ" of microgrid controllers through an innovative procurement program. Experts from NREL explored their latest research at Microgrid 2018 in Chicago. NREL had a goal — to find a microgrid controller suitable for the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), a new … [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increasing occurrences of natural disasters, the ongoing threat of cyber attacks and growing awareness of inadequate, outdated or failing grid infrastructure all drive microgrid adoption.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...]

Microgrid Business Models and Value Chains

The new energy industry is working to categorize the various types of microgrid business models. The primary goal is to minimize microgrid system costs such as project development, system design, commissioning, service, support, and funding. Microgrid categories will help promote standardized designs – which will enable repeatable, modular, and … [Read more...]

Design and Development of a Microgrid Control System

This paper presents a centralized microgrid control system for effective operation of wind turbines and diesel engines coupled to a flywheel electrical storage component on Saint Paul Island. The wind turbines have sufficient capacity to support the entire island without using the diesel engines, allowing the formation of an islanded power system … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Guide to Gas Turbine Microgrids

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...]

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...]

MICRO GRIDS TODAY Themes and Outcomes

The Ontario Smart Grid Forum (‘the Forum’) includes member organizations from Ontario’s utility sector, industry associations, non-profit organizations, public agencies and universities working together to propose a vision for a smart grids in Ontario and examine the many components that comprise it. It is supported by the Corporate Partners … [Read more...]