How New Microgrid Designs Help Hospitals Increase Resilience, Cut Costs, and Improve Sustainability

As hospital administrators reevaluate their facilities’ resilience against grid instability, many also face budgetary and environmental pressures. Microgrid designs and technology is increasingly being used to further enhance uptime, while reducing energy spend and minimizing a facility’s carbon footprint. Generator failures at hospitals have … [Read more...]

An Innovative Approach to Resilience in Public Facilities

Montgomery County is a sizeable government that found itself with an equally sizeable problem. With 9,000 employees and 400 buildings totaling 9 million square feet, the Maryland county has a budget as large or bigger than many states. Bordering Washington, D.C., with over 1 million people, the county represents 16% of the state’s economy. Even … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids — The Impact of the New Digital Economy on Data Centers

The forecasted growth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the rapid uptake of cloud-based applications to manage the emerging digital economy speak to a fundamental fact: the role data centers will play in daily life will continue to grow exponentially over time. Millennials are growing up in a world where data drives their lives. One million … [Read more...]

California’s Critical Facility Challenge: The Case for Energy-as-a-Service Municipal Microgrids

California’s major wildfires in 2017 and 2018 resulted in the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and the expansion of utility policies to shut off portions of the distribution grid during times of high fire risk. These intentional power shut-offs are expected to average 2–5 days, Concerns about the shutdowns have prompted proposed … [Read more...]

How to Value and Monetize Energy Resiliency in Microgrids

Given the crucial need for power in a digitalized society — and the grid’s growing vulnerability — energy resiliency and reliability are organizational risk factors. How can risk officers within corporate organizations set these values? What is government’s role? Clean energy gained traction when the value of clean air and water was monetized by … [Read more...]

Microgrid Implementation Challenges and Key Technologies

Microgrid implementation and project challenges vary according to requirements and economic and business drivers, but on a broader level can be developed using a common approach. Microgrid technologies and solutions are already available, reliable and efficient, and there are many examples of successful implementations. However, microgrids’ … [Read more...]

Decentralization: How Microgrids Contribute to the Energy Transition

In the early 20th century, the centralization of electricity production made huge progress, enabling significant economies of scale and improved power plant efficiency. Today, decentralization could help tackle the energy challenges of the 21st century by creating an optimized way to access reliable, green and resilient energy. Major technical … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids: Smarter, Cleaner Power Infrastructure

The data center industry is at a crossroads. The types of data centers that will come online in the future may feature attributes much different than what was the status quo in the past. Upon examination of the entire data center fleet, the installed base of data centers is shifting away from internal data centers, with service provider data … [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...]

How Microgrids Enable Optimal Cooperation Among Distributed Energy Resources

Increase your facility's resiliency, efficiently, and sustainability with the latest microgrid technology. Microgrids seamlessly combine Distributed Energy Resources (DER) with your existing operation to achieve resiliency, optimize energy costs, enhance security and reduce CO2 emissions. When connecting on-site generation and storage assets … [Read more...]