Rich Burn Generation in Today’s Power Grid

Distributed generation is the future of the electric grid. The term, distributed generation, generally means it is distributed across the grid, rather than in centralized power plants. Why is this a good thing? This paper is intended to focus on the method and rationale for why distributed generation is important, efficient and economical for the … [Read more...]

Engine-driven Generators and their Criticality in Microgrids

The purpose of the microgrid solution is to provide cleaner, more efficient, and locally-created power when compared to utility-scale distributed power typically based on coal or nuclear. The benefits have been well documented in industry. Microgrid designs today typically start with a focus on the renewable aspects of the power solution. A … [Read more...]

Engineering our Way to the Future: Microgrids, Digitization and Automation

Microgrid engineering is evolving, and this presentation explores the future of digitization and automation within these systems. Presentations and Discussion Engineering is the heart and soul of the microgrid revolution. This session explores what advances are occurring now in microgrid controls, software & energy storage, and what do … [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...]

An Introduction to Microgrids: Combining Multiple Power Sources for Maximum Efficiency and Uptime

This white paper in an introduction to microgrids where you will learn how to combine multiple power sources into a microgrid. Demand for decentralized energy sources that don’t rely on the traditional power grid, from solar cells to combined heat and power plants, continues to grow. At the same time, advancements in digitalization have already … [Read more...]

Microgrids are Cutting Energy Costs for Trucking and Logistics Innovator PITT OHIO

PITT OHIO is know widely for its impressive investments in clean energy and energy efficiency.   PITT OHIO’s sustainability focus has led to construction of LEED standard buildings, the installation of renewable energy resources at multiple sites, and most unusually, two microgrids, one of which powers a building that operates mainly direct current … [Read more...]

Real-Time Implementation of PMU based Islanding Detection Schemes for Microgrids

 A microgrid is a portion of a distribution network and is commonly designed to operate in parallel with the power grid or autonomously as a power island. Therefore, islanding detection is one of the key aspects of grid connected microgrids. In literature, performances of detection methods are largely tested with offline simulation tools and … [Read more...]

Low Inertia Microgrid Fault Stability and Protection Considerations

 In planning for distributed energy resources (DER) in a microgrid, careful consideration must be taken to ensure the DER and microgrid are resilient during both grid-connected and islanded operation. Microgrid fault stability is  top of mind.  There are many factors considered in the design of a microgrid, including the size of an existing DER, or … [Read more...]

Resiliency Microgrids — Enabling Cost-Effective Solutions to Both Mitigate Outages from Wildfire and Extreme Weather Risks

Low cost and modular microgrids can provide long-duration resiliency services to host customer sites while helping integrate variable renewable energy supplies at the grid operations level. The duality such modular microgrids can offer has been clearly demonstrated in the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market. Can a similar … [Read more...]

Microgrid 360: A Gold Standard for Microgrids

Microgrid 360 is a gold-standard process for developing microgrids, which is both customer- and internally-focused. It allows for teams to work effectively and gain cumulative expertise with each system we develop, and it helps deliver the highest-quality and highest-performing microgrids in the industry to our customers. The Microgrid 360 … [Read more...]