5 Steps to Develop Microgrids Easier, Faster and at Less Cost

Microgrids are becoming increasingly popular at health care facilities, universities, corporate campuses and at a growing number of other commercial and industrial settings. Microgrid developers are putting installations at retail, office, entertainment and production facilities at such a pace that the commercial and industrial microgrid segment … [Read more...]

How Hardware in the Loop Addresses Challenges of Microgrid System Integration

Microgrids play a key role in transforming the energy landscape, but microgrid projects face several technical challenges around integration and interoperability issues. These challenges can impact both the project cost and its schedule. Hardware in the Loop (HIL) testing and model-based engineering techniques provide an effective way to address … [Read more...]

High Reliability Microgrids for an Uncertain Future

In the face of uncertain times, there is a great need for highly reliable power solutions. The number and duration of outages are increasing and because solutions to large scale outages will take years to implement, many organizations are turning to high reliability microgrids to protect themselves. Microgrids are not standby power, designed to … [Read more...]

The Opportunity for Propane in Microgrid Backup Generators

Many microgrids consist of a solar PV system, battery storage, and a backup generator or back up fuel cell system. The backup generator or fuel cell system, run on hydrogen, natural gal, propane, diesel, gasoline, or other fuel sources, provides resilience for the microgrid. Propane is a low carbon fuel source that produces less soot than diesel … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]