Tag: microgrids

A microgrid is a small-scale power grid that can operate independently or in conjunction with the area’s main electrical grid. Any small-scale localized station with its own power resources, generation and loads and definable boundaries qualifies as a microgrid.

The Physics of CHP Cogeneration and Heat Engine Efficiency

The Physics of CHP Cogeneration and Heat Engine Efficiency

How does CHP work? To understand CHP you have to begin with the Carnot cycle, and how it describes the function and efficacy of any heat engine. The thermodynamic Carnot cycle (proposed by Nicolas Carnot in 1824) is a four-stage process that describes the reciprocal operations of a heat engine

Schneider Electric Unveils Advanced Microgrid at Boston One Campus HQ

Schneider Electric Unveils Advanced Microgrid at Boston One Campus HQ

The microgrid will provide cost savings, increased reliability, and sustainable energy production

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today unveiled an advanced microgrid at its Boston One Campus (BOC), the company’s North American headquarters in Andover, Massachusetts. The microgrid was built by Schneider Electric and REC Solar,

Microgrid Technology to Improve Energy Security and Sustainablity

Microgrid Technology to Improve Energy Security and Sustainablity

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.

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Copper is Essential to Modern, Sustainable Electric Grids

Copper is Essential to Modern, Sustainable Electric Grids

CDA’s Latest Case Study Examines Copper’s Role in Modern Electrical Infrastructure

Microgrids and smart grids are becoming increasingly relied upon as the world searches for sustainable power sources and as its energy needs continue to grow. As advancements in power technology continue making electrical grids smaller, more powerful, and more energy

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.

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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

Editor’s Comments: Leading the Orchestra

Editor’s Comments: Leading the Orchestra

I  recently listened in amazement as Gustavo Dudamel conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major. As the interplay of perfectly executed notes and pleasant harmonies filled my senses, I wondered about the role a conductor plays as leader of an orchestra. I could see that each

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,”

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