Tag: microgrid

A microgrid is a localized grouping of electricity sources and loads that normally operates connected to and synchronous with the traditional centralized grid (macrogrid), but can disconnect and function autonomously as physical and/or economic conditions dictate.

Project Profile – Microgrid Technology

Project Profile – Microgrid Technology

Nearly 25 years ago, Caterpillar opened a proving ground about 30 miles southwest of Tucson, AZ. The facility consists of large open-air test areas, where Caterpillar conducts field trials of many of its large mining equipment before being brought to market. The proving ground site also includes workshops and an office building.

The Green

Energy Management Systems

To exemplify the evolving nature of energy management systems, Greg Turner, vice president for Honeywell Business Solutions, recalls a recent conversation in which a hospital facilities manager spoke of how he’d have to come up with budget figures once a year that would either be accepted or rejected.

“Now I get calls almost

Solar Photovoltaic System from Caterpillar Installed in Rantoul, IL

Caterpillar Inc. today announced that Cat® dealer Altorfer has commissioned a 1000 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Rantoul, Illinois. Built to fulfill a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA), the installation was constructed on an eight-and-a-half-acre site near Heritage Lake Park and the University

Integrating CHP with Microgrids

Integrating CHP with Microgrids

While combined heat & power (CHP) may not be appropriate for integration into all microgrids, it definitely does have its place in a lot of them.

CHP systems output heat (or cooling), as well as electricity, primarily as a topping cycle. “The prime mover is typically a reci­procating engine or a turbine,”

Editor’s Comments: Seeing the Invisible

It was one of those clear days in which early rain had bathed every atom and left the world looking more three-dimensional than usual. I paused during a hike and stood overlooking the velvet folds of California’s coastal mountain range. Raptors rode upwellings in the distance. One of them—a hawk—landed on a

The Microgrid Market: Growth and Opportunity

The Microgrid Market: Growth and Opportunity

Microgrids are becoming the transformative technology in today’s energy industry, and are putting many utilities on the defensive. A few utilities want to adopt or coopt the technology, depending on one’s perceptions, creating tensions among utility and industry stakeholders. The latter believe microgrid resources can best be delivered by private

Younicos Concludes 2016 With Record Results

Younicos Concludes 2016 With Record Results

Berlin (Germany) and Austin, Texas (USA) – January 5, 2017 – Energy storage pioneer Younicos was awarded contracts for a total of 75 megawatts (MW) in 2016, its first year under the stewardship of CEO Stephen L. Prince. Compared to 2015, this represents a record 400% growth in bookings. The

Integrating Demand Reduction With Storage and Renewables

Integrating Demand Reduction With Storage and Renewables

The energy storage business is hot these days. It has become the most talked-about trend in the retail energy business in the past three years with large companies offering new products, and startups introducing newly designed energy storage, software, and hardware packages.

The popularity of energy storage is driven by the rapid

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