Islands and Microgrids

Islands and microgrids

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When most people think of the remote islands and microgrids they imagine the beauty, independance and freedom that comes from living in low population density areas. However, for the electricity operators responible for producing and maintaining the electricity in remote communities, there are a number of unique features that can pose a challenge to being able to do so at a low cost.

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The traditional electrical grids deployed on remote islands and microgrids includes a single centralized diesel generating station with distribution lines connected to the rest of the island. This configuration is proving to be expensive and unsustainable. Progressive utilities across the World (with support from organizations such as the World Bank, Carbon War Room, Inter-American Development Bank, and many others) are demonstrating that there is a more cost effective, sustainable and reliable configuration that is available today… the 21st Century Island Electrical Grid.

The unique features of renewable energy programs and technologies being adopted in North America and Europe are not necessarily the right solutions for remote islands. Hydrostor understands this, and has designed a solution tailor-made for this type of customer.

Hydrostor is a Canadian-based company commercializing a patented adiabatic underwater compressed air energy storage (UW-CAES) solution. This energy storage solution combined with renewable generation is a great fit for islands and microgrids seeking to lower their electricity rates and emissions. This white paper provides an overview of the technology and how it can support these communities transition to a more sustainable energy system.

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