Alstom Grid has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Pennsylvania State University to establish
a global center of excellence for Microgrids at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This center, the first of its kind, will help advance the development of microgrid technologies as part of The Navy Yard’s grid modernization project.
In many regions of the world, especially islands or extremely
sunny areas, distribution Service operators (DSOs) are facing a
growing challenge with the rise of the renewable and decentralized
production. Connecting these new assets on a traditional medium via a typical low voltage grid quickly creates side effects of voltage and frequency disturbances, or even unpredicted reverse flows into the transmission grid.
These problems are not severe and can be solved using industrial microgrid concepts on grid nodes with a high penetration of decentralized renewable generation. By rolling out decentralizing intelligence and control on identified locations, the DSO can precisely follow the renewable development, keeping control of the grid and optimizing costs and reducing potential delays of connection and reinforcement work.
These challenges have been solved in particular by Alstom Industrial Microgrid in the NiceGrid Demonstration Project.