You work in a new energy world, where megatrends such as decarbonization, digitalization, decentralization, and electrification transform how energy is produced, purchased, and managed. As a result, Microgrid energy modeling and its advantages are set to take center stage in the New Energy Landscape.
A microgrid is an autonomous power grid with distributed generation resources and local loads inside a localized border. During microgrid energy modeling, your microgrid can be set to operate as an island independent of the standard utility macro grid or be connected to the grid as a single controllable unit.
You can use an advanced microgrid system to:
- Develop resiliency
- Lower the risk
- Reduce energy costs as much as possible
- Enhance long-term viability
It is a compact, holistic energy system that balances captive supply and demand resources within a set limit to maintain steady service. In a Microgrid, generation and loads are usually connected at low voltage. Therefore, a connected Microgrid can be controlled as if it were a single entity from the utility grid operator’s perspective.
Microgrid deployments are influenced by several factors, including:
- Distant areas and underdeveloped countries, particularly remote islands, require electrification.
- Customer demand for more dependable, resilient, and long-term service
- Concerns about grid security and survival for vital industrial and military locations
- Demand for lower-cost energy in places with high traditional power costs, as well as typical utility programs for grid optimization and dependability, investment deferral, congestion alleviation, and ancillary services
Microgrids are classified as follows
- Off-grid Microgrids: Not connected to a local utility power grid, such as islands, distant areas, and other Microgrid systems.
- Campus Microgrids: Fully connected to a local utility grid but may also provide some level of service when the grid is down, such as during a power outage. Campuses of universities and corporations, casinos, military facilities, big industrial complexes, shopping malls, and large hotels, to name a few, are examples.
- Community microgrids: Connected to utility grids. These Microgrids serve a large number of consumers and are typically used to supply green power or resilient power in the event of a power outage.
Who is Helping Foster Sustainable Energy?
The OpenADR Alliance was formed to standardize, automate, and simplify Demand Response (DR) and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) for utilities and aggregators to manage growing energy demand and decentralized energy production more effectively. It also enables customers to have more control over their future energy. OpenADR is a two-way information exchange model and Smart Grid standard that is open, highly secure, and two-way.
Today, companies are co-creating the smart grid upgrade of the future. Visit the rest of the site for more useful articles.