Microgrid design for efficiency and resiliency
Building owners frequently want engineers to integrate the utility’s smart grid into their facilities to reduce electricity use and increase energy efficiency. Microgrids can further lower costs and improve building resiliency.
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Historically, large energy users like universities, hospitals, data centers, manufacturing and commercial facilities have depended on centralized power plants owned and operated by utilities. However, the traditional model is changing distributed generation in the form of microgrids and are providing much-needed stability to an aging power grid.
Understanding a facility’s energy demand is key to the design of a microgrid system. To ensure efficiency and resiliency, energy assets must be balanced with the cost of operation, space available, fuel resources and government regulations.
Consulting engineers designing microgrids must understand the codes and standards, the client’s energy needs, building resiliency goals and government incentives and rebates that will help the client best manage their utility spend.
With proper planning, a microgrid can provide maximum control for facility managers while reducing reliance on utilities.
- Learn about the major components of a smart grid and a microgrid.
- Understand why knowing the nature of the facility loads and resiliency requirements is key to the design of a microgrid.
- Identify the market conditions that incentivize the installation of microgrids.
- Understand the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of distributed generation resources.
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