Microgrids – Technology Selection by William John Joyce

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This presentation focuses on the benefits of microgrids. A microgrid is defined as a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that act as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid. Microgrids have the potential to promote:

  • Clean distributed energy resources
  • Reduction of energy costs
  • Build reliability
  • Enhanced resiliency of critical facilities
  • Increased energy security
  • Demonstrated new technologies
  • New partnerships and business models among diverse stakeholders

Case Studies:

CHA has been the design engineer for multiple microgrid feasibility studies and subsequent demonstration projects which have successfully included an array of electrical-thermal generation technologies. This presentation will review the factors for determining the selection of generation technologies and their subsequent feasibility for microgrid integration exemplifying various conceptual designs proposed for municipal and institutional applications.