Adam Wilson, of Navigant Research, describes why energy storage in microgrids is likely to become the norm. Hint: Solar microgrids are on the rise. Energy storage systems (ESSs) have an important and diverse role in microgrids. Solar PV and other renewable distributed generation (DG) technologies require a voltage source in order to synchronize.
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"Microgrids provide the military with energy security and reliability 24-7 and 365 days a year. They need power if the entire world disappears around them," says John Carroll, business development director for Intelligent Power and Energy Research Corp., a New York-based company that manufactures microgrid controls and is a contractor for installations on four bases.
Two key types of microgrids can be distinguished, and two other related types of power systems apply very similar technology. Customer microgrids or true microgrids (µgrids) are self-governed, and usually downstream of a single point of common coupling (PCC). Many of the most well known demonstrations are of this type.