Posts tagged as Microgrid

Embedded generation adds value to municipal grids

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) represent the grid of the future. So says Schneider Electric’s Poonam Lutchman. Speaking at the recent AMEU Convention in Cape Town, Lutchman said that municipalities need to become autonomous and secure sustainable revenue by getting ready for DER. The integration of DERs into grids makes these grids more complex […]

South Africa should open the door wider for renewables

South Africa’s advanced industrial and financial sectors, together with its abundant natural resources, have contributed in making it the second largest economy in Africa. But to bring power to the remotest corners of the country, to maintain its economic growth momentum and to reduce its carbon footprint, it must accelerate the adoption of efficient, economic, […]

What are microgrids?

Microgrids are stand-alone power generating, distribution, and storage systems which can be operated independently or connected to the primary utility grid. By locally optimising various generation sources, such as solar PV, gensets, the grid and energy storage, a microgrid can create a range of financial and environmental value streams for an organisation. This article describes […]

Cutting energy costs with microgrids

As South Africans suffer another round of power interruptions, imposed upon them by the national power utility which is unable to generate sufficient electricity to keep the lights on, advanced technology offers a realistic, affordable and environmentally-friendly solution. Six months ago, Energize visited Eaton’s factory in Wadeville, Germiston, to see a sophisticated microgrid which had […]