Spotlight: Smart Cities

A smart city, like the smart grid, utilizes advancements in technology and communication to improve livability of an area with a dense population. Each city has a unique set of needs, making a “smart city” different in every location, and therefore, highly tailored. For some areas, taking advantage of technology could mean giving citizens the [...]

February 23rd, 2016|

Smart Grid and Microgrids-What’s the Difference?

To understand smart grid technology, it’s important to understand the inner workings of the power grid as it functions today. The current grid encompasses all aspects of generation, transmission and distribution, beginning with generation plants that usually burn coal, diesel, or natural gas to produce energy. This energy is then transmitted from the generators through [...]

February 16th, 2016|

Different types of hybrid Microgrids

Microgrids come in many varieties, but are generally made up of a Distributed Generation Resource (DER), storage systems, distribution management systems, load management systems and communication and control systems. Some of the most common types of Microgrids are hybrids of diesel generators coupled with any or all of: photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind turbines, and micro-hydropower [...]

February 11th, 2016|

Microgrids at COP21

France hosted the 21st annual Conference of the Parties (COP21) from November 30 to December 11, 2015 as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 195 countries were represented at the conference, which centered on an international agreement from COP17 to prevent global warming from reaching above 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 [...]

February 9th, 2016|