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Dear all, I'm searching for microgrid workshops and courses, any recommendations?

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Hi Otto,

My apologies for such a late reply to this question, but HOMER Energy (where I work) has just increased its online training opportunities in response to the COVID pandemic. You can find course listings here: https://www.homerenergy.com/services/training/index.html
Our training teaches you how to design microgrids with either of our two software pre-feasibility design and analysis tools: HOMER Pro, for off-grid and unreliable grid situations and HOMER Grid for grid-tied distribured energy projects that can be islanded for improved resilience.
As someone below mentioned, we are having a virtual conference in October with microgrid professionals from around the world. See www.microgridconference.com. Also if you want to read about different types of microgrids please check out some of the case studies on the HOMER Microgrid News (search for story about microgrids in Chile and Argentina that include hydro, since you're from South America!) 

Hope to see you at the conference!

Lili Francklyn

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Otto Banegas on Jul 3, 2020

Thank you Lili for the info

A microgrid design software company Homer has an annual Microgrid conference, it will be virtual this year (Autumn) - recommend you check this out.  Also they offer training on their software if you get into those details.   Also the California Energy Commission has done some extensive profiles of actual Microgrid installations - recommend you download this paper from their site, highlights the drivers for many actual projects around the nation.  Also a bit self serving, but I am chairing a microgrid session at PowerGen International this year in December - if you attend the conference, recommend you check this session out.  

Hello Otto,

I know of the SEPA Voices of Experience Microgrids for Resiliency workshops. Southern California Edison will also be adding a webinar to the list as well.

Also, there is the Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference which may prove to be fruitful for you to check out.

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Otto Banegas on Apr 9, 2020

Excellent and interesting material. 

thanks a lot Rosana

Rgds

Otto 

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Rosana Francescato on Apr 23, 2020

Sure thing — let us know if you have any questions!

Dear Otto - as others here have indicated, there are multiple avenues to do coursework in microgrids. Going to a technical workshop or seminar can be quite helpful if it is the correct one. I would borrow some context from other responders here around first framing what you already know about microgrids, what you are specifically looking to strengthen, and in which applications.

Some things to consider - are you looking to learn more about sizing, for ex. in a system fed by 10MW gas generators and 3MW diesel, assuming there is plenty of solar irradiation how much MW of PV and how many MW batteries can be installed to displace some of the fossil fuel based generation? There is plenty to learn and contribute on the techno-economic feasibility studies around sizing of microgrids. 

If you are looking to strengthen on the project deleivery side of things, i.e. controls architecture, real time energy management, signals and instrumentation -> that comes from project design and deeper knowledge about capabilities of fast acting resources such as bi-directional inverters which can exchange MW of power in milli-seconds. 

The application does matter, for ex. if it were seamless transition wherein a battery inverter can support the load seamlessly when fossil fuel based generation or main grid disappears, and then synchronize seamless to main grid upon recovery requires special equipment capabilities particularly at the inverter level. The choice of HW and SW strongly influences the sizing and operational capabilities of a microgrid. 

There are textbooks and many materials one could find. Ultimately this field is still growing and new in terms of technological development. Due to the close correlation in equipment capabilities (HW and SW both) as well as lack of globally governing regulatory standards (such as UL 1741 SA), the bulk of specific information becomes proprietary to vendors and companies. For ex. our method of handling microgrids at Aggreko uses HW and SW different from another entity. 

Assuming one can't travel in current conditions to a workshop or training elsewhere, and if you are looking for basic courses or even a refresher, there are plenty of free and cost effective available materials. Some examples are -  

 

 

Some others are available which are more expensive. There are some courses from AEE and IEEE as well. Once you figure out what you want to learn or strengthen, where you want to apply it, perhaps we can help give more specific pointers. Lastly, if you are looking for graduate certificate programs or graduate course work, Colorado schools have good courses in this domain that you can look into. 

Hope this helps. 

 

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Otto Banegas on Apr 9, 2020

Dear Srieram 

Thanks for your reply and course suggestions, I'm looking to learn more into design, setup and feasibility of microgrids and also an intergation of solar and biogas systems. 

thanks

 

It depends on the kind of Microgrid you are pursuing. 

There 3 kinds from a generation point of view: Enough supply to meet peak demand for an indeterminate period of time, Enough supply to support a defined demand for an indeterminate period of time, and demand will adjust to the amount of supply available. The later is the most complex, the first is the easiest to design. 

Then there are 3 kinds of micro-grid from the point of view of working with the grid - two outage, one outage and no outage microgrids. In a 2 outage design power is shut off to disconnect and reconnect to the grid. In a one outage - the power is turned off to return to the grid, and in a no outage design the microgrid can sync to the grid to depart and return. A no outage grid is the hardest to design and the 2 outage is pretty simple

Then you deal with the sensitivity of the load to power quality - if none, then the microgrid design can be simplified and the cost lowered. On the other hand if you have very sensitive equipment - then there is additional design to do and operation al technology to install. 

Courses tend to stay to the simplier designs in most cases, things like grounding transformers, automated breakers in load panels, use of active harmonic filters, and automatic capacitor banks, auto-sensing load reduction, etc. are topics that tend to get little coverage. 

Know what kind of microgrid you are likely to want to build, design before picking a course. 

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Otto Banegas on Apr 8, 2020

Thanks for the advice Doug

Hi Otto:

I post weekly on Energy Central, and many of my posts are on microgrids and related subjects. The links below are to a two-part series specifically on microgrids from over two years ago. I just skimmed through it and it is still current, and there are not very many links (which may not be). Let me know if you find any links that need updating, and I will try to fix this.

https://www.energycentral.com/c/pip/reemergence-microgrids

https://www.energycentral.com/c/pip/reemergence-microgrids-part-2

Also, quarterly, I send out an updated indexed list of all of my posts, and this will be posted in the middle of next week.

-John

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Otto Banegas on Mar 30, 2020

Thanks John 

it was quite insightful 

Otto - thanks for posting this question.  I have reached out to a couple of conference producers and training companies that I know that may offer these.  As soon as I hear back, I will send you more information.  Also, you may want to watch our conference calendar.  Here is a link to our Calendar.  

 

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Otto Banegas on Mar 26, 2020

Thanks a lot Audra

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