Written By Madeline Acri, Energy Storage Manager at Soligent
Although I typically focus on residential-related storage themes, we are going to shift gears to look at storage and ways it can serve the grid in large-scale ways.
The US electrical grid is made up of three primary interconnections: the Eastern interconnection, Western interconnection, and Texas interconnection. Until recently, these grids provided power to the end users from uni-directional power generating plants made up of large-scale coal, nuclear, and gas firing plants. But solar, wind, and storage have entered the mix and are making significant impacts on how power is generated, distributed, and stored. To stick with our theme that it IS actually pretty easy being green, let’s talk about the ease and value of microgrids.
Microgrids are small localized grids that can produce and store their own energy and can operate on their own in the event of a grid outage. They are often composed of a number of distributed energy resources including solar, wind, small hydro, generators, energy storage, and EV charging. The redundancy of energy sources within a microgrid improves its resiliency. And the existence of microgrids within a larger operating grid in turn makes that larger grid more resilient. It’s easy being green when software has the power to evaluate weather patterns to optimize the performance of microgrids at the blink of an eye. Applications include backup power for small residential communities, hospitals, or municipal water treatment plants. As software continues to become more and more advanced, improved controls make it easier to design a system for complex use-cases. Stay tuned with Soligent as we explore microgrids in our next webinar, followed by Virtual Power Plants.
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