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Next-Gen Grid Architecture: How to use the High Resilience Grid Architecture at any utility

(Part V in a series) As outlined in the previous four articles (links to the four previous articles at end of this article), grid architecture provides a set of methodologies for analyzing and understanding the...

Next-Gen Grid Architecture: A grid coordination primer

Grid coordination is the operational alignment of assets to provide electricity delivery. Although the grid has always relied upon effective coordination, it has become a higher priority issue for electricity distribution because of the rise of distribution-connected distributed energy resources (DER) such as solar, batteries and EVs (electric vehicles), that are not owned or directly controlled by a utility. Some theories for resolving these DER coordination issues are being discussed but few rigorous models or formulas exist. Grid architecture addresses grid coordination from a structural perspective using a methodology built upon a firm mathematical foundation.

Flow battery company joins Power Africa to help power renewable microgrids

On Monday, Portland-Oregon-based flow battery manufacturer ESS announced that it has joined Power Africa, a U.S. government-led partnership coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as a private sector partner. ESS is the program's first flow battery partner.

ABB and Rolls-Royce partner to further global growth of microgrids

ABB and Rolls-Royce on Tuesday announced a global partnership on microgrid technology and advanced automation. Together the two companies will offer a microgrid solution for utilities, commercial and industrial entities.

A Tale of Two Futures for Microgrids

One key limitation to the microgrid revolution is cost. Many people cannot even afford to own their home, much less have the option to partner in a grid islanding project.

Navigant highlights five keys for government support for microgrids

"Microgrids: An Ideal Solution" is a conference track at POWER-GEN International happening December 4-6 in Orlando. Sessions include Siemens, Ameren, Duke Energy and Schneider Electric presenting details on various case studies.   

Are microgrids the future for utilities?

There's currently a lot of talk about how we support environmental legislation while balancing a grid under pressure, not to mention how to meet future energy demands. In answering those questions, there are many different solutions being discussed and explored.

Shifting the Energy Equation: The Big Opportunity in Microgrids

Microgrids are already a pivotal part of the sustainability movement but are still thought of as the rising upstarts in the energy world challenging to up-seat the incumbent utility-scale paradigm.

Making Sense of Utility-owned Microgrids

Current regulations and policies allow utilities to own and operate a microgrid located in front of customer meters at substations. Rather than focus on delivering a microgrid to end users, this article addresses what utilities can do in the micro space today.

The Power of Virtual Microgrids

Developing a microgrid requires power system automation and control knowledge well beyond the specific energy resources and equipment involved. It is, therefore, useful to leverage simulation software and experience.