Evolution of the Remote Microgrid

Energy leaders highlight the importance, evolution and potential of remote microgrids. Presentations and Discussion Moderator: Allison Archambault (EarthSpark) President Bob Kirslis (Eaton) Account Executive, Microgrid: Employing Microgrid Intelligence to Help Remote Communities Achieve Energy Goals Bryan Urban (Leclanche) Executive Vice … [Read more...]

Reliable and affordable power that enables substantial energy savings for an industrial site

In 2016, ABB installed an integrated solar PV– diesel-battery microgrid at its Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg, South Africa. This integrates multiple energy sources and battery based stabilization technology within a smart control system that facilitates the seamless transition between grid-connected and islanded modes without any disruption … [Read more...]

Bringing Power and Progress to Africa in a Financially and Environmentally Sustainable Manner

The future of electricity supply and delivery on the continent of Africa represents one of the thorniest challenges facing professionals in the global energy, economics, finance, environmental, and philanthropic communities. Roughly 600 million people in Africa lack any access to electricity. If this deficiency is not solved, extreme poverty for … [Read more...]

Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS) Solutions

Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS) offers the most viable solution for the various challenges confronting the microgrid industry and related attempts to accelerate energy access to people and small businesses in remote regions of the developing world. It is an emerging cloud-based business model, driven by microgrid technology innovations, … [Read more...]

Biogas Microgrid

Power from pig manure has proven to be an innovative solution to several farm challenges for a unique hog farm in rural Lillington, N.C. This report explores how Butler Farms installed lagoon covers for animal waste to not only reduce odors and eliminate rainwater ingress, but also to capture biogas to utilize as a renewable energy … [Read more...]

Mini-grids: Renewable, Resilient and Reliable electric systems

Siemens commissioned this report on mini-grids to inform the next IRP that will guide the grid rebuilding and development for Puerto Rico, leveraging 170 years of experience across a broad spectrum of energy generation, distribution and energy storage solution breakthroughs. By analyzing often-competing objectives such as cost, reliability and … [Read more...]

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

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

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 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...]

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...]