S&C Electric and IPERC Announce Merger

Two significant players in the microgrid industry, S&C Electric and IPERC (Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corporation) today announced that they will merge.Chicago-based S&C, a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems, is acquiring New York-based IPERC, an industry leader in cybersecure, intelligent … [Read more...]

The Threat of Hackers Disabling the Grid: Not Science Fiction

It’s hard to scan a movie or best-seller’s list without coming upon a dystopian story – or many. Perhaps that’s why we don't appear to take seriously the threat of hackers disabling the grid.We’ve become habituated. That was last week’s episode.But no. As a recent report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security indicates we really do … [Read more...]

But What if the Microgrid Fails Too?

Microgrids act as insurance if the central electric grid fails. So it’s fair to ask, how do you keep the microgrid from failing too?It's a legitimate worry since microgrids increasingly provide back-up power for critical facilities -- hospitals, emergency services, telecommunications towers and the like.This is an issue IPERC (short for … [Read more...]

Microgrid-enabling Technologies Market May Reach $155 Billion in Less than a Decade

As demand for microgrids grows, so does the need for microgrid-enabling technologies -- the various systems and components that let the microgrid generate power and store it, supply customers, and connect and disconnect from the grid.These technologies include diesel generators, natural gas generators, fuel cells, solar PV, distributed wind, … [Read more...]

Microgrid: How the Military Connection Advances the Technology

When you think about it, the military’s interest in microgrid technology makes sense: With its need for facilities to stay powered all day every day, getting off the grid is critical.“Microgrids provide the military with energy security and reliability 24-7 and 365 days a year. They need power if the entire world disappears around them,” says … [Read more...]