microgrid Articles

  • Symphony Of The Microgrid At An Urban University

    Perched on the wind-sculpted bluffs above the Pacific Ocean, the University of California San Diego (UCSD) is one of the world’s leading research universities, with an average R&D budget of $1 billion in each of the last three years. Research includes over 50 years of investigating climate change at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, making it no surprise that the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The Emerging Power of Microgrids

    Over many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across continents to billions. But in recent years the system’s shortcomings have become increasingly ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Leveraging microgrids in waste-to-energy applications

    What do the waste-to-energy and real estate sectors have in common? In both, location is the key factor influencing the bottom line. Although waste-to-energy conversion technologies continue to improve their efficiency, energy will always be worth more when it is in the right location. With rising energy costs and increasing concern over electric power reliability and sustainability, the ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Operation and control of multiple Distributed Generation systems in the microgrid

    This paper investigates the operation and control of multiple Distributed Generation (DG) systems interconnected to the utility in the form of microgrid. The developed model of the microgrid consists of microturbine generation system, converter-based DG system with stiff DC source, synchronous-generator-based DG system and wind power system with induction generator. The Simulation model of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • White Paper: MicroGrids Contribution to the Smart Grid

    It is now becoming clear that the fundamental architecture of today’s electricity grid, based on the idea of a top down radial transmission system with unidirectional energy flows from large centralized power plants, is not the most appropriate to meet the needs of the low carbon economy. Micro-generation and micro-grids need to be incorporated into the electrical supply system because ...

  • World Forum to Examine Latest Microgrid Advances and Opportunities

    Interest in microgrids as a strategy for ensuring energy security and reliability is growing worldwide, especially in the wake of events such as Hurricane Sandy. Military installations, hospitals, data centers and remote off-grid regions that must have dependable power – no matter what – are increasingly turning to the microgrid paradigm. This is helping to drive a projected 330% ...

  • Community-coupled microgrids for the implementation of a smart grid in Tunisia

    Smart grids are based on the use of ICT in order to optimise the quality and the cost of electricity generation, transport and distribution. Developing countries try to upgrade their electric grids to meet the evolving needs of the end consumers and face the energy challenge. The study of smart grid instauration in such countries must consider the disparity in terms of ICT infrastructures across ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • How Strata’s Microgrid reinforced a roadside slope and saved 30-percent in costs

    Challenge The City of Fairfield in Solano County, CA has many beautiful parks and trails enjoyed by residents year round. One of roadways stretching alongside one of these natural areas was threatened due to unstable soils and a failing slope. This posed safety concerns for the area. The roadway had a right of way to a state highway and the county and city were in need of a cost effective ...


    By Strata Systems, Inc.

  • Feasibility Study and Development of Smart Energy Solution Using Various Renewable Energies

    A feasibility study on the development of independent electricity supply systems entitled, “Feasibility Study and Development of Smart Energy Solution Using Various Renewable Energies” will facilitate integration of distributed region, elected Distributed Generators (DG) into smart energy solutions in Partner countries. This will allow several different DGs to be operated as a microgrid that can ...

  • Synchronisation and application of three-phase converters utilising the power-hardware-in-the-loop concept

    This paper addresses the timely issues of synchronisation and application of three-phase power converters, connected in parallel, utilising the power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) concept. Without proper synchronisation, the converters are normally not able to distinguish the currents that circulate between them. This paper focuses on a control methodology for achieving precise phase ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Decentralised and centralised energy: a property rights analysis

    Interconnection between centralised and decentralised electrical power sources remains a contentious issue on technical, economic, and policy grounds. This paper considers the problem of interconnection as a property rights problem one that involves allocation conflicts and pressures for institutional change. We argue that the current policy approach to interconnection problems between ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Accelerating the Deployment of “Smart Minigrids” in APP Countries

    This project will help to develop technologies for the reliable and efficient operation of minigrids, and seek to prove the technical feasibility, commercial viability and ability to efficiently integrate renewable energy. Participating Partners will design and develop a pilot smart minigrid in Australia and use this pilot as a model for deployment in India. As part of the design process for the ...

  • High-Flying Turbine Produces More Power

    For Altaeros Energies, a startup launched out of MIT, the sky’s the limit when it comes to wind power. Founded by alumni Ben Glass ’08, SM ’10 and Adam Rein MBA ’10, Altaeros has developed the world’s first commercial airborne wind turbine, which uses a helium-filled shell to float as high as a skyscraper and capture the stronger, steadier winds available at that ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Geli Keeps the Lights On When Utilities Can’t - Case Study

    Challenge Imagine you’ve found the perfect plot of land and construction has started on your dream home, but in order to turn the lights on it will cost an additional $250,000. That’s exactly what happened to one couple in Marin county in Northern California. When local utility Pacific Gas & Electric quoted an exorbitant price to extend grid power to their new home, the ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Climbing the Solar Energy Ladder – New approach for energy-starved rural poor

    Access to electricity is crucial for sustainable economic development. Yet 1.3 billion people around the world live without basic access to electricity. Many of these people rely on unhealthy polluting kerosene lamps for nighttime lighting. Those with access to electricity in the developing world often rely on coal- or diesel-based grid power. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Agents controlling the electric power infrastructure

    The electric power grid is evolving from a centrally controlled grid with only a handful of regulated monopolies to an open, liberalised electricity market. In addition, more and more small-scale dispersed generators are deployed in distribution nets. This puts extra stress on the power grid, in an era when electricity is one of the most important commodities for economic, industrial and everyday ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Remote Frontier

    Regardless of what tech industry you're associated with-cleantech, IT, biotech, telecommunications-you're aware of how valuable emerging global markets are. As a member of the United Nations Energy Access Practitioner Network, I am consistently amazed at the level of innovation and entrepreneurship being applied to technology challenges across the globe, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Want to improve wind and solar power? Bring them together

    By combining intermittent renewable energy sources through hybrid projects, developers are taking advantage of the strengths of each. What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is ...


    By Ensia

  • The real power behind today’s energy efficiency industry?

    President Barack Obama recently pushed for increased energy efficiency in his State of the Union address. His endorsement is a plus, no argument. But it may not be the federal government that drives the industry’s next growth spurt. Increasingly, the push for clean energy seems to be more grassroots, from the city and community. Consider these significant ...

  • Geli Enables BMW EV Demand Response Program - Case Study

    Challenge BMW Technology Group planned to launch a ground-breaking electric vehicle (EV) program called i ChargeForward that would allow individual BMW i3 owners to earn money by participating in demand response (DR) events. However, in order for BMW to participate in Pacific Gas & Electric’s day-ahead and real-time DR markets, it needed to guarantee 100 kilowatts (kW) of demand ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

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