Microgrids - old solution supporting innovation in this decade!
- Mar 23, 2020 8:37 pm GMT
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Microgrids are generally defined as geographically smaller electrical systems which can be connected to larger grids to operate interconnected but importantly can disconnect from the larger grid and operate in an isolated or “island” mode. Historically these have included smaller based loaded fossil fueled power generators to support operations when islanded. Historically only the larger, ultra-critical applications like hospitals, data centers and other energy intensive infrastructure have had the scale and budget to invest in Microgrids. The recent, rapid reduction in cost and general acceptance of both energy storage (primarily Li-Ion batteries) and distributed solar PV technologies is providing reduced costs and increasing the functionality and ability to integrate renewables in Microgrids. The graphic from Bloomberg NEF highlights this growth and shift in generation technologies for Microgrids. The desire to further integrate on-site solar PV with operations is driving almost half of planned Microgrids.
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