Integration of Microgrids

integration and interoperability of advanced microgrids

Advanced microgrids have been identified as being a necessary part of the modern electrical grid through a two DOE microgrid workshops,1’2 the National Institute of Standards and Technology,3 Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and other related sources.

Microgrid Benefits

microgrid benefits

One benefit to microgrids is the flexibility in development. Microgrids can be built in phases, allowing your electric grid to grow as your business or needs do, potentially minimizing upfront capital costs.

DC Microgrid System

DC microgrids

A DC micro grid system has been proposed as a power network that enables the introduction of a large amount of solar energy using distributed photovoltaic generation units. To test the feasibility of the system, we have developed a demonstration facility consisting of silicon photovoltaic (Si-PV) units, copper indium gallium (di)selenide photovoltaic (CIGS-PV) units, concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) units, an aerogenerator, and a redox flow battery. The redox flow battery, a key component for supply-demand adjustment in the micro grid system, successfully balanced supply and demand in the grid by its rapid charge-discharge ability even under the fluctuating condition of power generation and consumption.

Microgrid Financing

microgrid financing

State regulatory bodies are realizing that out-of-date regulatory rules are limiting Microgrid adoption and are working to change regulation. States such as New York, Connecticut, and Minnesota have allocated funding and started conversations on how best to change the state regulation to allow for Microgrids to be adopted.

The Energy Efficient CHP Microgrid

CHP Microgrid

This Microgrid Knowledge Special Report paints a picture of the emerging microgrid-driven world, with Combined Heat and Power (CHP) at its core. For a long time CHP and District Energy seemed like the best-kept-secret of energy insiders. Learn how CHP and District Energy are the keys to building the world’s most energy efficient microgrids.

NRG: Renewable Energy

NRG Renewable Energy

As renewable energy solutions take hold, a natural offshoot is that becomes easier for new companies to visualize how a solution can work and more efficient to implement them. In other words the process to identify, visualize and embrace renewable energy is now quicker and more self-evident that ever. Another factor is the range of solar technologies and approaches now being put in place.