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Why Microgrids? Why Now?

You’re already managing a big facility. Why add responsibility for operating a miniature power grid, too? Edward (Ted) Borer, energy plant manager at Princeton University, explains why microgrids are so important to facility owners who want to save money, reduce emissions and keep the lights on during storms. BY DEFINITION First, let’s agree … [Read more...]

Rural Microgrids in India and Global Energy Storage Market News

ABB and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) have agreed to work jointly to design and build rural microgrids. Thousands of Indian villages are still un-electrified; microgrids have the potential to power them, reducing dependence on expensive diesel fuel and the grid. Along with ABB equipment, the rural microgrids will enable homes … [Read more...]

Combined Heat and Power Microgrids: Ready for a Renaissance?

ABB's Bob Fesmire describes a coming renaissance in combined heat and power microgrids -- one that utilities may find it's better to join than oppose. Most microgrids operating today—the commercial variety at least—began life under a different name, 'combined heat and power' or CHP. This was for the simple reason that a generator, typically a … [Read more...]

Battery/Diesel Grid-connected Microgrids: A Case Study of Future Microgrid Capabilities

Introduction As large scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many industrial utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS) which will likely be part of future microgrid systems. Based in Victoria, Australia, AusNet Services, the state’s largest energy … [Read more...]

Microgrids and the Circular Economy: Is there a Fit?

Discussion about the ‘circular economy’ tends to focus on raw materials, waste and recycling. Less talked about is energy. But that’s starting to change. And it turns out that microgrids and the circular economy are a natural fit. The circular economy refers to using resources in a less linear way.  Typically, we make a product, use it and … [Read more...]

Cogeneration Case Study: University of Illinois Hospital

A major hospital that treats critically ill patients cannot afford power failures. Facing intermittent power problems — and needing to replace old boilers — the 536-bed University of Illinois Hospital installed a 24 MWe cogeneration system for its campus in Chicago. Powered by three Taurus 70 natural gas turbine generator sets, the system fulfills … [Read more...]

Transportable Microgrids for the Military and Other Quick Microgrid News

The National  Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) reports that is researching a transportable microgrid  with the help of other federal labs, the military, Tesla, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory and Distributed Utility Associates. This transportable microgrid, which includes energy storage, is being designed for use at military bases. The goal is to … [Read more...]

Internet of Things Will Speed up Shift to Microgrids…and Other Quick Microgrid News

Better, smarter, faster microgrids are coming, according to recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan -- but the capital required to implement the best-of-the-best is still a challenge for many communities. “The emergence of the Internet of Things will strengthen communication channels between machines and minimize human intervention, thereby … [Read more...]

Connecticut Utility Finalizes Innovative Community Microgrid Deal

Community microgrids are not always easy to finance. But United Illuminating (UI), FuelCell Energy and the town of Woodbridge, Connecticut are showing how some innovative thinking can get it done. UI, one of two investor-owned utilities in Connecticut, finalized an agreement today with the town on a 2.2 MW fuel cell microgrid. The deal came … [Read more...]

The US Electric Grid: Can’t Swim but Lives on a Boat

You might say the U.S. electric grid is like someone who can’t swim but lives on a boat. A big chunk of the grid is located in coastal areas. It’s vulnerable to flooding, and the problem is getting worse. Water and electricity don’t play well together. Flooding leads to outages and is likely to cause even more as sea levels rise. That's the … [Read more...]