29 Jun '12, 4pm

Microgrids 2.0: New Technologies Require a Second Look at an Old Concept

Microgrids 2.0: New Technologies Require a Second Look at an Old Concept

Talk about the importance of microgrids has reached a fever pitch in recent years. Many have discussed the need for industrial campuses, military bases, universities, and many other critical loads to operate when isolated from the utility grid — or, in other words, as a microgrid. Is this some fancy new smart grid concept? Hardly. A microgrid is essentially any isolated electrical system that has its own generation source, and they’ve been in existence practically since we began using electricity as an energy source. The first true microrgrids were remote, built for cities or businesses that didn’t have an economical way to tie into the nearest utility system. Oil refining, mining, lumber and other business brought generators on site to provide the power they needed to operate. “Quasi” microgrids — where loads use utility generation as their primary source of electricity, ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/06...

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