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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Microgrids

Microgrids


Your Own Energy “Island”? ORNL Microgrid Could Standardize Small, Self-Sustaining Electric Grids

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oct. 2014, by Katie Jones.
http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/news/features/2014/a47cc734-54f3-4aec-95ba-df1bbbdb25ad

"Microgrids are designed to not only continue power to local units such as neighborhoods, hospitals or industrial parks but also improve energy efficiency and reduce cost when connected to the main grid. Researchers predict an energy future more like a marketplace in which utility customers with access to solar panels, battery packs, plug-in vehicles and other sources of distributed energy can compare energy prices, switch on the best deals and even sell back unused power to utility companies. However, before interested consumers can plug into their own energy islands, researchers at facilities such as ORNL’s Distributed Energy Control and Communication (DECC) lab need to develop tools for controlling a reliable, safe and efficient microgrid."

Symphony of the Microgrid at an Urban University

BioCycle, July 2014, by Marsha W. Johnston.
http://www.biocycle.net/2014/07/16/symphony-of-the-microgrid-at-an-urban-university/

"The University of California San Diego’s microgrid produces 92 percent of its annual electricity load and 95 percent of its heating and cooling load. A fuel cell powered by directed biogas is a cornerstone of the operation."

[WSU] Students Take Top Prizes at World Power, Energy Conference

WSU [Washington State University] News, Apr. 30, 2014, by Tina Hilding.
https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/30/students-take-top-prizes-at-world-power-energy-conference/

"At the world’s largest power and energy exposition and conference [2014 Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) conference] recently, students from Washington State University won three of the top six poster awards."

Award winners:

Brad Tuffley and Douglas Rapier, who won the undergraduate student poster competition with their design for an open source phasor measurement unit [PMU].

Saugata S. Biswas, who won the top graduate student award for developing an online monitoring system for circuit breakers installed at power substations.

Sayonsom Chanda, who received a second place award for developing a tool for better modeling of campus microgrids.

Planning for District Energy, CHP and Microgrids: A Checklist for Campus Administrators

District Energy, First Quarter 2014.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2014Q1?pg=38#pg38

"Owners and operators of multibuilding campuses face significant pressure to reduce operating and capital costs, maintain reliable services and become better stewards of the environment. To meet these challenges, an increasing number of campuses are turning to district energy, combined heat and power and/or microgrids. Effective planning ... will enhance the likelihood that savings associated with the power usage and climate control needs of individual buildings will be realized and that the central plant and distribution system can be ideally located."

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