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.

Pittsburgh’s Commitment to Sustainability Driving Development of Innovative Solutions to Stormwater, Energy Use, and Shale Development Challenges

Pittsburgh’s Commitment to Sustainability Driving Development of Innovative Solutions to Stormwater, Energy Use, and Shale Development Challenges

Pittsburgh’s commitment to a sustainable future is driving the development of innovative solutions and new, green technologies that address the challenges of reducing energy usage, addressing stormwater issues caused by aging and inadequate infrastructure, and reducing the environmental impacts of shale gas development.

These efforts and more are captured in detail

Community Microgrids

Community Microgrids

Now, with the increasing availability and cost effectiveness of distributed energy resources (DERs), more and more customers—industrial, commercial, governmental, and residential alike—are taking power generation, and even storage, into their own hands.

Software: Optimizing Operations

Software: Optimizing Operations

For commercial, industrial, and institutional power consumers with a heightened need for affordable, reliable, and resilient power supply, advanced microgrids can provide not only control over power sources and energy costs, but also “green” energy and peace of mind. Microgrids employ a wide range of onsite generation resources, along with

Community Microgrids

Community Microgrids

Now, with the increasing availability and cost effectiveness of distributed energy resources (DERs), more and more customers—industrial, commercial, governmental, and residential alike—are taking power generation, and even storage, into their own hands.

Editor’s Comments: The Artful Edifice

Editor’s Comments: The Artful Edifice

What’s it like to set foot inside the world’s most intelligent smart building? Welcome to Amsterdam’s The Edge, an ultra-sleek example of today’s enlightened construction, and the epitome of functional style. The building’s ethos—het nieuwe werken, or the new way of working—places it at the forefront of smart building technology

Benefits of Community Microgrids

Benefits of Community Microgrids

However they are defined, everyone agrees community microgrids provide benefits. Centralized utility systems and aboveground distribution lines expose customers to regional and local outages, “and while they are highly reliable, centralized utility grids can’t ensure local resilience,” notes Peter Douglass, project manager for the Microgrid Institute, a collaborative organization supporting global development of microgrids and distributed energy

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

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