Tag: distributed energy

Distributed energy, also district or decentralized energy is generated or stored by a variety of small, grid-connected devices referred to as distributed energy resources (DER) or distributed energy resource systems. Conventional power stations, such as coal-fired, gas and nuclear powered plants, as well as hydroelectric dams and large-scale solar power stations, are centralized and often require electricity to be transmitted over long distances. By contrast, DER systems are decentralized, modular and more flexible technologies, that are located close to the load they serve, albeit having capacities of only 10 megawatts (MW) or less.

Northern Power Now Offering Turnkey Energy Storage Solutions

Northern Power Now Offering Turnkey Energy Storage Solutions

Megawatt-scale systems available with three different battery technologies

Northern Power Systems Corp (TSX: NPS), a global leader in distributed energy power systems, now offers a full suite of megawatt-scale energy storage solutions that incorporate various battery types and capabilities, depending on the application and end-user need. In addition to providing multiple

Electrons, Engineers, and Economics

Electrons, Engineers, and Economics

In a country increasingly reliant on electrons, today it seems more important than ever to understand the value and complexity of the electric power industry.

Not only does the energy industry form the backbone of our economy—powering businesses, factories, schools, and healthcare—it is the foundation of our communications platforms, as

An Encouraging Outlook

An Encouraging Outlook

There are now more than one million individual solar installations nationwide, with the residential solar market remaining strong, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The US installed 1,665 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in the first quarter of 2016 to reach 29.3 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, enough

Editor’s Comments: Aligning Orbits

Editor’s Comments: Aligning Orbits

In a theory known as musica universalis, the “harmony of the spheres,” Pythagoras proposed in the 5th century that the Sun, Moon, and planets emitted their own vibrational hum based on their orbital revolution.

Cogeneration Utilizing Natural Gas-fired Reciprocating Engines

Cogeneration Utilizing Natural Gas-fired Reciprocating Engines

Cogeneration systems, also known as combined heat and power, have traditionally been installed by larger industrial users with high steam and power demands and by smaller, institutional users such as universities and hospitals. Since the early 2000s, smaller industrial and commercial companies have discovered cogeneration utilizing natural gas-fired reciprocating engines,

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