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Microgrids Are Quickly Becoming a Top Solution to Energy Problems

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Microgrids are becoming essential for millions of people around the world. After earthquakes and aftershocks left Puerto Rico without power, microgrids installed at 10 schools continue to run, providing power to residents. When PG&E shut off power in California to battle high winds and fires, No...

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Gary Hilberg on Jan 27, 2020 7:54 pm GMT

Microgrids provide two key value added services:

1.  Reliability.  Most existing backup power systems require a total loss of utility supply prior to engaging, they cannot synchronize with the Grid.   With microgrids, this can be solved allowing the host to selectively engage their backup power units, keep their processes/facilities running and transition from the Grid with the loss of any production.  Then when the crisis is over, they can re-synchronize with the grid seamlessly.

2.  Generation integration.  With a microgrid, the host can bring all types of generation/energy storage to the grid, adding value distributed generation and supporting ancilliary services for the Grid.  This generation can be renewable or even the periodic use of traditional backup generators to provide more overall Grid reliability.

There are many suppliers in the microgrid space with the unit and system controls necessary to allows this integration.   Certainly a great first step for any user that is looking for additional reliability and/or cash flow from new/existing distributed generation assets.  

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