Puerto Rico’s Microgrids: From Tragedy to Innovative Model for the World?

Puerto Rico's microgrids

At Microgrid 2018 in Chicago, Footprint's William Heegaard and Jared Leader, of Smart Electric Power Alliance, explored the role Puerto Rico's microgrids play in disaster and resiliency planning for the island -- and why the island offers a model for the world. Jared Leader, senior associate at Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), described the … [Read more...]

Global Microgrid Tour: All Signs Point to Australia

global microgrid

Peter Asmus, principal research analyst at Navigant Research, offers a snapshot of global microgrid development trends, then zeros in on Australia as the current hotspot for smart integration of distributed energy resources (DERs). Why Australia? In his Microgrid 2018 presentation, Asmus discusses innovative microgrids, virtual power plants and … [Read more...]

Microgrid Benefits and Example Projects

energy reliability

Energy decentralization is a major development that could help tackle the energy challenges of the 21st century. Major technical and economic improvements have allowed substantial progress in decentralized energy resources, such as solar energy and storage and the Internet of Things (IoT), driving new cooperation and optimization capabilities. Also … [Read more...]

Microgrid Evolution Fuels Smarter Energy Management

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...]

How to Optimize Energy Storage in a Microgrid

In this paper, new voltage sensitivity indexes are proposed which can help you optimize energy storage in your microgrid. These indexes are derived from the inverse Jacobian matrix from the Newton-Raphson power flow analysis. After calculating and evaluating these indexes for the studied microgrid, four candidates‘ buses are selected. To verify … [Read more...]

Microgrid Solutions Sustain Energy Supply – Even when the Grid is Off

island a microgrid

Microgrid projects are integral to initiatives that aim to strengthen the economy, save lives during natural disasters, and make our energy supply more sustainable and our electrical power more secure. Microgrids increasing support more reliable, efficient and safe power for critical infrastructure in military, utility, healthcare, government, … [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...]

Case Study: Solar Plus Storage for Caribbean Desalination Plant

Amid the Caribbean energy crisis and high energy prices large consumers of power are looking to reduce their energy cost while reducing fossil fuel consumption. One such high power load is the reverse osmosis [RO], desalination plant at the luxury resort CuisinArt on the picturesque island of Anguilla. The resort's desalination plant services the … [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...]

Islands and Microgrids

Islands and microgrids

The traditional electrical grids deployed on remote islands and microgrids includes a single centralized diesel generating station with distribution lines connected to the rest of the island. This configuration is proving to be expensive and unsustainable. Progressive utilities across the World (with support from organizations such as the World … [Read more...]