Microgrids are expected to play an increasingly important role in tomorrow’s energy supply system, and they promise to bring ever greater benefits to companies and organizations operating them.
The benefits include lower energy costs, reduced exposure to energy price fluctuations, reduced dependence on transmission grid services, a significantly lower carbon footprint, increased energy supply quality and reliability, and improved flexibility in the face of rapidly changing needs.
Is this a dream from some distant future? Well no, the microgrids of tomorrow are being developed today, building on the local power grids already in place at industrial sites, campuses, office buildings, warehouses, and in residential neighborhoods.
These grids are being extended through a range of systems and components coming being electrified, including PV systems, wind turbines, biomass units, energy storage systems, cogeneration units, electric vehicle chargers, and smart Energy Management Systems.
There are many ways to transform any local power grid into a smart microgrid, boosting performance and making it more flexible. But where do you begin, what are the pitfalls, and how do you make the most of your investment?