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THE SUSTAINABLE MICRO GRIDS Part 2

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The Micro Grid is said to be different from your typical transmission and distribution system and falls under the category of what is known as a distributed generation which produces electricity at the point of use. It could use renewable energy or fossil fuels.

Fossil fuel generation is basically produce electrical energy using non-renewable energy source such as Oil, Coal, Natural Gas, Etc.  Renewable generation produces electrical energy using a renewable energy source such as Solar, Wind, Hydropower etc.

The digitization and transformation of power plants have led to an increase decentralization of power distribution energy. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) have indicated that approximately $934 billion will be required to upgrade centralized power distribution because of aging infrastructure that are having difficulties to meet peak load demand, not to mention grid vulnerability due to extreme adverse weather conditions which lead to frequent power interruption.

An alternative to these situation is for consumers to invest into what is known as the stand-alone power system. These stand-alone systems may include one or more methods of power generation to include energy storage. Electricity is generated by one or more of the following methods:

  • Photovoltaic system (Solar)
  • Wind Turbine
  • Geothermal Source
  • Micro Combined heat & power
  • Micro hydro
  • Thermoelectric generator
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